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Enumify adds an enum command to all ActiveRecord models which enables you to work with string attributes as if they were enums


Just add the enumify gem to your GemFile

gem 'enumify'

How to use

Just call the enum function in any ActiveRecord object, the function accepts the field name as the first variable and the possible values as an array

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
    enum :status, [:available, :canceled, :completed]

After that you get several autogenerated commands to use with the enum

# Access through field name

event.status                # returns the enum's current value as a symbol
event.status = :canceled    # sets the enum's value to canceled (can also get a string)

# Shorthand methods, access through the possible values

event.available?            # returns true if enum's current status is available
event.canceled!             # changes the enum's value to canceled

# Get all the possible values

Event::STATUSES             # returns all available status of the enum



By default the enum field does not support a nil value. In order to allow nil values add the allow_nil option (similar to the Rails validation option).

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
    enum :status, [:available, :canceled, :completed], :allow_nil => true

Event.create! # Is valid and does not throw an exception.


Another cool feature of enumify is the option to add a callback function that will be called each time the value of the field changes This is cool to do stuff like log stuff or create behaviour on state changes

All you need to do is add a x_changed method in your class and the enumify will call it

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
    enum :status, [:available, :canceled, :completed]

    def status_changed(old, new)
        puts "status changed from #{old} to #{new}"


One last thing that the enumify gem does is created scope (formerly nested_scopes) so you can easly query by the enum

For example if you want to count all the events that are canceled you can just run


In addition you can also use a negation scope to retrieve all the records that are not set to the given value. For example to count all the events that are not canceled you can run


Copyright (c) 2011 Yonatan Bergman, released under the MIT license

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