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Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'graphql-pundit', '~> 0.7.0'

And then execute:

$ bundle

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Class based API (graphql-ruby >= 1.8)

To use graphql-pundit with the class based API introduced in graphql version 1.8, the used Field class must be changed:

It is recommended to have application-specific base classes, from which the other types inherit (similar to having an ApplicationController from which all other controllers inherit). That base class can be used to define a custom field class, on which the new graphql-pundit API builds.

class BaseObject < GraphQL::Schema::Object
  field_class GraphQL::Pundit::Field

All other object types now inherit from BaseObject, and that is all that is needed to get graphql-pundit working with the class based API.

In case you already use a custom field type, or if you want to use a context key other than :current_user to make your current user available, you can include graphql-pundit's functionality into your field type:

class MyFieldType < GraphQL::Schema::Field
  prepend GraphQL::Pundit::Scope
  prepend GraphQL::Pundit::Authorization

  current_user :me # if the current_user is passed in as context[:me]

When using this, make sure the order of prepends is correct, as you usually want the authorization to happen first, which means that it needs to be prepended after the scopes (if you need them).


class Car < BaseObject
  field :trunk, CarContent, null: true,
                            authorize: true

The above example shows the most basic usage of this gem. The example would use CarPolicy#trunk? for authorizing access to the field, passing in the parent object (in this case probably a Car model).


Two styles of declaring fields is supported:

  1. the inline style, passing all the options as a hash to the field method
  2. the block style

Both styles are presented below side by side.

authorize and authorize!

To use authorization on a field, you must pass either the authorize or authorize! option. Both options will cause the field to return nil if the access is unauthorized, but authorize! will also add an error message (e.g. for usage with mutations).

authorize and authorize! can be passed three different things:

class User < BaseObject
  # will use the `UserPolicy#display_name?` method
  field :display_name, ..., authorize: true
  field :display_name, ... do

  # will use the passed lambda instead of a policy method
  field :password_hash, ..., authorize: ->(obj, args, ctx) { ... }
  field :password_hash, ... do
    authorize ->(obj, args, ctx) { ... }

  # will use the `UserPolicy#personal_info?` method
  field :email, ..., authorize: :personal_info
  field :email, ... do
    authorize :personal_info
  • true will trigger the inference mechanism, meaning that the method that will be called on the policy class will be inferred from the (snake_case) field name.
  • a lambda function that will be called with the parent object, the arguments of the field and the context object; if the lambda returns a truthy value, authorization succeeds; otherwise (including thrown exceptions), authorization fails
  • a string or a symbol that corresponds to the policy method that should be called minus the "?"

policy is an optional argument that can also be passed three different values:

class User < BaseObject
  # will use the `UserPolicy#display_name?` method (default inference)
  field :display_name, ..., authorize: true, policy: nil
  field :display_name do
    authorize policy: nil

  # will use OtherUserPolicy#password_hash?
  field :password_hash, ...,
                        authorize: true,
                        policy: ->(obj, args, ctx) { OtherUserPolicy }
  field :password_hash, ... do
    authorize policy: ->(obj, args, ctx) { OtherUserPolicy }

  # will use MemberPolicy#email?
  field :email, ..., authorize: true, policy: MemberPolicy
  field :email, ... do
    authorize policy: MemberPolicy
  • nil is the default behavior and results in inferring the policy class from the record (see below)
  • a lambda function that will be called with the parent object, the arguments of the field and the context object; the return value of this function will be used as the policy class
  • an actual policy class

record can be used to pass a different value to the policy. Like policy, this argument also can receive three different values:

class User < BaseObject
  # will use the parent object
  field :display_name, ..., authorize: true, record: nil
  field :display_name do
    authorize record: nil

  # will use the current user as the record
  field :password_hash, ...,
                        authorize: true,
                        record: ->(obj, args, ctx) { ctx[:current_user] }
  field :password_hash, ... do
    authorize record: ->(obj, args, ctx) { ctx[:current_user] }

  # will use AccountPolicy#email? with the first account as the record (the policy was inferred from the record class)
  field :email, ..., authorize: true, record: Account.first
  field :email, ... do
    authorize record: Account.first
  • nil is again used for the inference; in this case, the parent object is used
  • a lambda function, again called with the parent object, the field arguments and the context object; the result will be used as the record
  • any other value that will be used as the record

Using record can be helpful for e.g. mutations, where you need a value to initialize the policy with, but for mutations there is no parent object.

before_scope and after_scope

before_scope and after_scope can be used to apply Pundit scopes to the fields. Both options can be combined freely within one field. The result of before_scope is passed to the resolver as the "parent object", while the result of after_scope is returned as the result of the field.

class User < BaseObject
  # will use the `PostPolicy::Scope` before the resolver
  field :posts, ..., before_scope: true
  field :posts, ... do

  # will use the passed lambda after the resolver
  field :comments, ..., after_scope: ->(comments, args, ctx) { ... }
  field :comments, ... do
    after_scope ->(comments, args, ctx) { ... }

  # will use the `FriendPolicy::Scope`
  field :friends, ..., after_scope: FriendPolicy
  field :friends, ... do
    after_scope FriendPolicy
  • true will trigger the inference mechanism, where the policy class, which contains the scope class, is inferred based on either the parent object (for before_scope) or the result of the resolver (for after_scope).
  • a lambda function, that will be called with the parent object (for before_scope) or the result of the resolver (for after_scope), the field arguments and the context
  • a policy class that contains a Scope class (this does not actually have to be a policy class, but could also be a module containing a Scope class)
Combining options

All options can be combined with one another (except authorize and authorize!; please don't do that). Examples:

# MemberPolicy#name? initialized with the parent
field :display_name, ..., authorize: :name,
                          policy: MemberPolicy

# UserPolicy#display_name? initialized with user.account_data
field :display_name, ..., do
  authorize policy: UserPolicy, 
            record: ->(obj, args, ctx) { obj.account_data }

Legacy define API

The legacy define based API will be supported until it is removed from the graphql gem (as planned for version 1.10).

Add the authorization middleware

Add the following to your GraphQL schema:

MySchema = GraphQL::Schema.define do

By default, ctx[:current_user] will be used as the user to authorize. To change that behavior, pass a symbol to GraphQL::Pundit::Instrumenter. # will use ctx[:me]

Authorize fields

For each field you want to authorize via Pundit, add the following code to the field definition:

field :email do
  authorize # will use UserPolicy#email?
  resolve ...

By default, this will use the Policy for the parent object (the first argument passed to the resolve proc), checking for :email? for the current user. Sometimes, the field name will differ from the policy method name, in which case you can specify it explicitly:

field :email do
  authorize :read_email # will use UserPolicy#read_email?
  resolve ...

Now, in some cases you'll want to use a different policy, or in case of mutations, the passed object might be nil:

field :createUser
  authorize! :create, policy: User # or; will use UserPolicy#create?
  resolve ...

This will use the :create? method of the UserPolicy. You can also pass in objects instead of a class (or symbol), if you wish to authorize the user for the specific object.

If you want to pass a different value to the policy, you can use the keyword argument record:

field :createUser
  authorize! :create, record: # or; will use UserPolicy#create?
  resolve ...

You can also pass a lambda as a record. This receives the usual three arguments (parent value, arguments, context) and returns the value to be used as a record.

You might have also noticed the use of authorize! instead of authorize in this example. The difference between the two is this:

  • authorize will set the field to nil if authorization fails
  • authorize! will set the field to nil and add an error to the response if authorization fails

You would normally want to use authorize for fields in queries, that only e.g. the owner of something can see, while authorize! would be usually used in mutations, where you want to communicate to the client that the operation failed because the user is unauthorized.

If you still need more control over how policies are called, you can pass a lambda to authorize:

field :email
  authorize ->(obj, args, ctx) {, ctx[:me]).private_data?(:email) }
  resolve ...

If the lambda returns a falsy value or raises a Pundit::UnauthorizedError the field will resolve to nil, if it returns a truthy value, control will be passed to the resolve function. Of course, this can be used with authorize! as well.


Pundit scopes are supported by using before_scope and after_scope in the field definition

field :posts
  resolve ...

Passing no arguments to after_scope and before_scope will infer the policy to use from the value it is passed: before_scope is run before resolve and will receive the parent object, after_scope will be run after resolve and receives the output of resolve. You can also pass a proc or a policy class to both _scopes:

field :posts
  before_scope ->(_root, _args, ctx) { Post.where(owner: ctx[:current_user]) }
  resolve ->(posts, args, ctx) { ... }
field :posts
  after_scope PostablePolicy
  resolve ...


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


Pundit authorization helpers for the GraphQL Ruby gem





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