Asset Sync: Synchronises Assets Between Rails and S3

Asset Sync

Synchronises Assets between Rails and S3.

Asset Sync is built to run with the new Rails Asset Pipeline feature introduced in Rails 3.1. After you run bundle exec rake assets:precompile your assets will be synchronised to your S3 bucket, optionally deleting unused files and only uploading the files it needs to.

This was initially built and is intended to work on Heroku but can work on any platform.


Upgraded from 1.x? Read


Since 2.x, Asset Sync depends on gem fog-core instead of fog.
This is due to fog is including many unused storage provider gems as its dependencies.

Asset Sync has no idea about what provider will be used,
so you are responsible for bundling the right gem for the provider to be used.

In your Gemfile:

gem "asset_sync"
gem "fog-aws"

Or, to use Azure Blob storage, configure as this.

gem "asset_sync"
gem "gitlab-fog-azure-rm"

# This gem seems unmaintianed
# gem "fog-azure-rm"

To use Backblaze B2, insert these.

gem "asset_sync"
gem "fog-backblaze"

Extended Installation (Faster sync with turbosprockets)

It's possible to improve asset:precompile time if you are using Rails 3.2.x the main source of which being compilation of non-digest assets.

turbo-sprockets-rails3 solves this by only compiling digest assets. Thus cutting compile time in half.

NOTE: It will be deprecated in Rails 4 as sprockets-rails has been extracted out of Rails and will only compile digest assets by default.



Configure config/environments/production.rb to use Amazon S3 as the asset host and ensure precompiling is enabled.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//#{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

Or, to use Google Storage Cloud, configure as this.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//#{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

Or, to use Azure Blob storage, configure as this.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//#{ENV['AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_NAME']}{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

Or, to use Backblaze B2, configure as this.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

On HTTPS: the exclusion of any protocol in the asset host declaration above will allow browsers to choose the transport mechanism on the fly. So if your application is available under both HTTP and HTTPS the assets will be served to match.

The only caveat with this is that your S3 bucket name must not contain any periods so, for example would not work under HTTPS as SSL certificates from Amazon would interpret our bucket name as not a subdomain of, but a multi level subdomain. To avoid this don't use a period in your subdomain or switch to the other style of S3 URL.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

Or, to use Google Storage Cloud, configure as this.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

Or, to use Azure Blob storage, configure as this.

  config.action_controller.asset_host = "//#{ENV['AZURE_STORAGE_ACCOUNT_NAME']}{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']}"

On non default S3 bucket region: If your bucket is set to a region that is not the default US Standard (us-east-1) you must use the first style of url //#{ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']} or amazon will return a 301 permanently moved when assets are requested. Note the caveat above about bucket names and periods.

If you wish to have your assets sync to a sub-folder of your bucket instead of into the root add the following to your production.rb file

  # store assets in a 'folder' instead of bucket root
  config.assets.prefix = "/production/assets"

Also, ensure the following are defined (in production.rb or application.rb)

  • config.assets.digest is set to true.
  • config.assets.enabled is set to true.

Additionally, if you depend on any configuration that is setup in your initializers you will need to ensure that

  • config.assets.initialize_on_precompile is set to true


AssetSync supports the following methods of configuration.

Using the Built-in Initializer is the default method and is supposed to be used with environment variables. It's the recommended approach for deployments on Heroku.

If you need more control over configuration you will want to use a custom rails initializer.

Configuration using a YAML file (a common strategy for Capistrano deployments) is also supported.

The recommend way to configure asset_sync is by using environment variables however it's up to you, it will work fine if you hard code them too. The main reason why using environment variables is recommended is so your access keys are not checked into version control.

Built-in Initializer (Environment Variables)

The Built-in Initializer will configure AssetSync based on the contents of your environment variables.

Add your configuration details to heroku

heroku config:add AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=xxxx
heroku config:add AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_PROVIDER=AWS
# and optionally:
heroku config:add FOG_REGION=eu-west-1
heroku config:add ASSET_SYNC_GZIP_COMPRESSION=true
heroku config:add ASSET_SYNC_MANIFEST=true

Or add to a traditional unix system

export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=xxxx
export FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxx

Rackspace configuration is also supported

heroku config:add RACKSPACE_USERNAME=xxxx
heroku config:add RACKSPACE_API_KEY=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_PROVIDER=Rackspace

Google Storage Cloud configuration is supported as well. The preferred option is using the GCS JSON API which requires that you create an appropriate service account, generate the signatures and make them accessible to asset sync at the prescribed location

heroku config:add FOG_PROVIDER=Google
heroku config:add GOOGLE_PROJECT=xxxx
heroku config:add GOOGLE_JSON_KEY_LOCATION=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxx

If using the S3 API the following config is required

heroku config:add FOG_PROVIDER=Google
heroku config:add GOOGLE_STORAGE_ACCESS_KEY_ID=xxxx
heroku config:add FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxx

The Built-in Initializer also sets the AssetSync default for existing_remote_files to keep.

Custom Rails Initializer (config/initializers/asset_sync.rb)

If you want to enable some of the advanced configuration options you will want to create your own initializer.

Run the included Rake task to generate a starting point.

rails g asset_sync:install --provider=Rackspace
rails g asset_sync:install --provider=AWS
rails g asset_sync:install --provider=AzureRM
rails g asset_sync:install --provider=Backblaze

The generator will create a Rails initializer at config/initializers/asset_sync.rb.

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  config.fog_provider = 'AWS'
  config.fog_directory = ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']
  config.aws_access_key_id = ENV['AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID']
  config.aws_secret_access_key = ENV['AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY']
  config.aws_session_token = ENV['AWS_SESSION_TOKEN'] if ENV.key?('AWS_SESSION_TOKEN')

  # Don't delete files from the store
  # config.existing_remote_files = 'keep'
  # Increase upload performance by configuring your region
  # config.fog_region = 'eu-west-1'
  # Set `public` option when uploading file depending on value,
  # Setting to "default" makes asset sync skip setting the option
  # Possible values: true, false, "default" (default: true)
  # config.fog_public = true
  # Change AWS signature version. Default is 4
  # config.aws_signature_version = 4
  # Change canned ACL of uploaded object. Default is unset. Will override fog_public if set.
  # Choose from: private | public-read | public-read-write | aws-exec-read |
  #              authenticated-read | bucket-owner-read | bucket-owner-full-control 
  # config.aws_acl = nil 
  # Change host option in fog (only if you need to)
  # config.fog_host = ''
  # Change port option in fog (only if you need to)
  # config.fog_port = "9000"
  # Use http instead of https.
  # config.fog_scheme = 'http'
  # Automatically replace files with their equivalent gzip compressed version
  # config.gzip_compression = true
  # Use the Rails generated 'manifest.yml' file to produce the list of files to
  # upload instead of searching the assets directory.
  # config.manifest = true
  # Upload the manifest file also.
  # config.include_manifest = false
  # Upload files concurrently
  # config.concurrent_uploads = false
  # Number of threads when concurrent_uploads is enabled
  # config.concurrent_uploads_max_threads = 10
  # Path to cache file to skip scanning remote
  # config.remote_file_list_cache_file_path = './.asset_sync_remote_file_list_cache.json'
  # Fail silently.  Useful for environments such as Heroku
  # config.fail_silently = true
  # Log silently. Default is `true`. But you can set it to false if more logging message are preferred.
  # Logging messages are sent to `STDOUT` when `log_silently` is falsy
  # config.log_silently = true
  # Allow custom assets to be cacheable. Note: The base filename will be matched
  # If you have an asset with name `app.0b1a4cd3.js`, only `app.0b1a4cd3` will need to be matched
  # only one of `cache_asset_regexp` or `cache_asset_regexps` is allowed.
  # config.cache_asset_regexp = /\.[a-f0-9]{8}$/i
  # config.cache_asset_regexps = [ /\.[a-f0-9]{8}$/i, /\.[a-f0-9]{20}$/i ]

YAML (config/asset_sync.yml)

Run the included Rake task to generate a starting point.

rails g asset_sync:install --use-yml --provider=Rackspace
rails g asset_sync:install --use-yml --provider=AWS
rails g asset_sync:install --use-yml --provider=AzureRM
rails g asset_sync:install --use-yml --provider=Backblaze

The generator will create a YAML file at config/asset_sync.yml.

defaults: &defaults
  fog_provider: "AWS"
  fog_directory: "rails-app-assets"
  aws_access_key_id: "<%= ENV['AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID'] %>"
  aws_secret_access_key: "<%= ENV['AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY'] %>"

  # To use AWS reduced redundancy storage.
  # aws_reduced_redundancy: true
  # You may need to specify what region your storage bucket is in
  # fog_region: "eu-west-1"
  # Change AWS signature version. Default is 4
  # aws_signature_version: 4
  # Change canned ACL of uploaded object. Default is unset. Will override fog_public if set.
  # Choose from: private | public-read | public-read-write | aws-exec-read |
  #              authenticated-read | bucket-owner-read | bucket-owner-full-control 
  # aws_acl: null
  # Change host option in fog (only if you need to)
  # fog_host: ""
  # Use http instead of https. Default should be "https" (at least for fog-aws)
  # fog_scheme: "http"

  existing_remote_files: keep # Existing pre-compiled assets on S3 will be kept
  # To delete existing remote files.
  # existing_remote_files: delete
  # To ignore existing remote files and overwrite.
  # existing_remote_files: ignore
  # Automatically replace files with their equivalent gzip compressed version
  # gzip_compression: true
  # Fail silently.  Useful for environments such as Heroku
  # fail_silently: true
  # Always upload. Useful if you want to overwrite specific remote assets regardless of their existence
  #  eg: Static files in public often reference non-fingerprinted application.css
  #  note: You will still need to expire them from the CDN's edge cache locations
  # always_upload: ['application.js', 'application.css', !ruby/regexp '/application-/\d{32}\.css/']
  # Ignored files. Useful if there are some files that are created dynamically on the server and you don't want to upload on deploy.
  # ignored_files: ['ignore_me.js', !ruby/regexp '/ignore_some/\d{32}\.css/']
  # Allow custom assets to be cacheable. Note: The base filename will be matched
  # If you have an asset with name "app.0b1a4cd3.js", only "app.0b1a4cd3" will need to be matched
  # cache_asset_regexps: ['cache_me.js', !ruby/regexp '/cache_some\.\d{8}\.css/']

  <<: *defaults

  <<: *defaults

  <<: *defaults

Available Configuration Options

Most AssetSync configuration can be modified directly using environment variables with the Built-in initializer. e.g.

AssetSync.config.fog_provider == ENV['FOG_PROVIDER']

Simply upcase the ruby attribute names to get the equivalent environment variable to set. The only exception to that rule are the internal AssetSync config variables, they must be prepended with ASSET_SYNC_* e.g.

AssetSync.config.gzip_compression == ENV['ASSET_SYNC_GZIP_COMPRESSION']

AssetSync (optional)

  • existing_remote_files: ('keep', 'delete', 'ignore') what to do with previously precompiled files. default: 'keep'
  • gzip_compression: (true, false) when enabled, will automatically replace files that have a gzip compressed equivalent with the compressed version. default: 'false'
  • manifest: (true, false) when enabled, will use the manifest.yml generated by Rails to get the list of local files to upload. experimental. default: 'false'
  • include_manifest: (true, false) when enabled, will upload the manifest.yml generated by Rails. default: 'false'
  • concurrent_uploads: (true, false) when enabled, will upload the files in different Threads, this greatly improves the upload speed. default: 'false'
  • concurrent_uploads_max_threads: when concurrent_uploads is enabled, this determines the number of threads that will be created. default: 10
  • remote_file_list_cache_file_path: if present, use this path to cache remote file list to skip scanning remote default: nil
  • enabled: (true, false) when false, will disable asset sync. default: 'true' (enabled)
  • ignored_files: an array of files to ignore e.g. ['ignore_me.js', %r(ignore_some/\d{32}\.css)] Useful if there are some files that are created dynamically on the server and you don't want to upload on deploy default: []
  • cache_asset_regexps: an array of files to add cache headers e.g. ['cache_me.js', %r(cache_some\.\d{8}\.css)] Useful if there are some files that are added to sprockets assets list and need to be set as 'Cacheable' on uploaded server. Only rails compiled regexp is matched internally default: []

Config Method add_local_file_paths

Adding local files by providing a block:

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  # The block should return an array of file paths
  config.add_local_file_paths do
    # Any code that returns paths of local asset files to be uploaded
    # Like Webpacker
    public_root = Rails.root.join("public")
    Dir.chdir(public_root) do
      packs_dir = Webpacker.config.public_output_path.relative_path_from(public_root)
      Dir[File.join(packs_dir, '/**/**')]

The blocks are run when local files are being scanned and uploaded

Config Method file_ext_to_mime_type_overrides

It's reported that mime-types 3.x returns application/ecmascript instead of application/javascript
Such change of mime type might cause some CDN to disable asset compression
So this gem has defined a default override for file ext js to be mapped to application/javascript by default

To customize the overrides:

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  # Clear the default overrides

  # Add/Edit overrides
  # Will call `#to_s` for inputs
  config.file_ext_to_mime_type_overrides.add(:js, :"application/x-javascript")

The blocks are run when local files are being scanned and uploaded

Fog (Required)

  • fog_provider: your storage provider AWS (S3) or Rackspace (Cloud Files) or Google (Google Storage) or AzureRM (Azure Blob) or Backblaze (Backblaze B2)
  • fog_directory: your bucket name

Fog (Optional)

  • fog_region: the region your storage bucket is in e.g. eu-west-1 (AWS), ord (Rackspace), japanwest (Azure Blob)
  • fog_path_style: To use buckets with dot in names, check fog/fog#2381 (comment)


  • aws_access_key_id: your Amazon S3 access key
  • aws_secret_access_key: your Amazon S3 access secret
  • aws_acl: set canned ACL of uploaded object, will override fog_public if set


  • rackspace_username: your Rackspace username
  • rackspace_api_key: your Rackspace API Key.

Google Storage

When using the JSON API

  • google_project: your Google Cloud Project name where the Google Cloud Storage bucket resides
  • google_json_key_location: path to the location of the service account key. The service account key must be a JSON type key

When using the S3 API

  • google_storage_access_key_id: your Google Storage access key
  • google_storage_secret_access_key: your Google Storage access secret

Azure Blob

  • azure_storage_account_name: your Azure Blob access key
  • azure_storage_access_key: your Azure Blob access secret

Backblaze B2

  • b2_key_id: Your Backblaze B2 key ID
  • b2_key_token: Your Backblaze B2 key token
  • b2_bucket_id: Your Backblaze B2 bucket ID

Rackspace (Optional)

  • rackspace_auth_url: Rackspace auth URL, for Rackspace London use:

Amazon S3 Multiple Region Support

If you are using anything other than the US buckets with S3 then you'll want to set the region. For example with an EU bucket you could set the following environment variable.

heroku config:add FOG_REGION=eu-west-1

Or via a custom initializer

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  # ...
  config.fog_region = 'eu-west-1'

Or via YAML

production:  # ...  fog_region: 'eu-west-1'

Amazon (AWS) IAM Users

Amazon has switched to the more secure IAM User security policy model. When generating a user & policy for asset_sync you must ensure the policy has the following permissions, or you'll see the error:

Expected(200) <=> Actual(403 Forbidden)

IAM User Policy Example with minimum require permissions (replace bucket_name with your bucket):

  "Statement": [
      "Action": "s3:ListBucket",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::bucket_name"
      "Action": "s3:PutObject*",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::bucket_name/*"

If you want to use IAM roles you must set config.aws_iam_roles = true in your initializers.

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  # ...
  config.aws_iam_roles = true

Automatic gzip compression

With the gzip_compression option enabled, when uploading your assets. If a file has a gzip compressed equivalent we will replace that asset with the compressed version and sets the correct headers for S3 to serve it. For example, if you have a file master.css and it was compressed to master.css.gz we will upload the .gz file to S3 in place of the uncompressed file.

If the compressed file is actually larger than the uncompressed file we will ignore this rule and upload the standard uncompressed version.

Fail Silently

With the fail_silently option enabled, when running rake assets:precompile AssetSync will never throw an error due to missing configuration variables.

With the new user_env_compile feature of Heroku (see above), this is no longer required or recommended. Yet was added for the following reasons:

With Rails 3.1 on the Heroku cedar stack, the deployment process automatically runs rake assets:precompile. If you are using ENV variable style configuration. Due to the methods with which Heroku compile slugs, there will be an error raised by asset_sync as the environment is not available. This causes heroku to install the rails31_enable_runtime_asset_compilation plugin which is not necessary when using asset_sync and also massively slows down the first incoming requests to your app.

To prevent this part of the deploy from failing (asset_sync raising a config error), but carry on as normal set fail_silently to true in your configuration and ensure to run heroku run rake assets:precompile after deploy.

Rake Task

A rake task is included within the asset_sync gem to perform the sync:

  namespace :assets do
    desc "Synchronize assets to S3"
    task :sync => :environment do

If AssetSync.config.run_on_precompile is true (default), then assets will be uploaded to S3 automatically after the assets:precompile rake task is invoked:

  if Rake::Task.task_defined?("assets:precompile:nondigest")
    Rake::Task["assets:precompile:nondigest"].enhance do
      Rake::Task["assets:sync"].invoke if defined?(AssetSync) && AssetSync.config.run_on_precompile
    Rake::Task["assets:precompile"].enhance do
      Rake::Task["assets:sync"].invoke if defined?(AssetSync) && AssetSync.config.run_on_precompile

You can disable this behavior by setting AssetSync.config.run_on_precompile = false.

Sinatra/Rack Support

You can use the gem with any Rack application, but you must specify two additional options; prefix and public_path.

AssetSync.configure do |config|
  config.fog_provider = 'AWS'
  config.fog_directory = ENV['FOG_DIRECTORY']
  config.aws_access_key_id = ENV['AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID']
  config.aws_secret_access_key = ENV['AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY']
  config.prefix = 'assets'
  # Can be a `Pathname` or `String`
  # Will be converted into an `Pathname`
  # If relative, will be converted into an absolute path
  # via `::Rails.root` or `::Dir.pwd`
  config.public_path = Pathname('./public')

Then manually call AssetSync.sync at the end of your asset precompilation task.

namespace :assets do
  desc 'Precompile assets'
  task :precompile do
    target = Pathname('./public/assets')
    manifest =, './public/assets/manifest.json')

    sprockets.each_logical_path do |logical_path|
      if (!File.extname(logical_path).in?(['.js', '.css']) || logical_path =~ /application\.(css|js)$/) && asset = sprockets.find_asset(logical_path)
        filename = target.join(logical_path)
        puts "Write asset: #{filename}"


Webpacker (> 2.0) support

  1. Add webpacker files and disable run_on_precompile:
AssetSync.configure do |config|
  # Disable automatic run on precompile in order to attach to webpacker rake task
  config.run_on_precompile = false
  # The block should return an array of file paths
  config.add_local_file_paths do
    # Support webpacker assets
    public_root = Rails.root.join("public")
    Dir.chdir(public_root) do
      packs_dir = Webpacker.config.public_output_path.relative_path_from(public_root)
      Dir[File.join(packs_dir, '/**/**')]
  1. Add a asset_sync.rake in your lib/tasks directory that enhances the correct task, otherwise asset_sync runs before webpacker:compile does:
if defined?(AssetSync)
  Rake::Task['webpacker:compile'].enhance do


By adding local files outside the normal Rails assets directory, the uploading part works, however checking that the asset was previously uploaded is not working because asset_sync is only fetching the files in the assets directory on the remote bucket. This will mean additional time used to upload the same assets again on every precompilation.

Running the specs

Make sure you have a .env file with these details:-

# for AWS provider

# for AzureRM provider

Make sure the bucket has read/write permissions. Then to run the tests:-

foreman run rake


  1. Add some before and after filters for deleting and uploading
  2. Support more cloud storage providers
  3. Better test coverage
  4. Add rake tasks to clean old assets from a bucket


Inspired by:


MIT License. Copyright 2011-2013 Rumble Labs Ltd.

Author: AssetSync
Source code:

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Reform: Form Objects Decoupled From Models In Ruby


Form objects decoupled from your models.

Reform gives you a form object with validations and nested setup of models. It is completely framework-agnostic and doesn't care about your database.

Although reform can be used in any Ruby framework, it comes with Rails support, works with simple_form and other form gems, allows nesting forms to implement has_one and has_many relationships, can compose a form from multiple objects and gives you coercion.

Full Documentation

Reform is part of the Trailblazer framework. Full documentation is available on the project site.

Reform 2.2

Temporary note: Reform 2.2 does not automatically load Rails files anymore (e.g. ActiveModel::Validations). You need the reform-rails gem, see Installation.

Defining Forms

Forms are defined in separate classes. Often, these classes partially map to a model.

class AlbumForm < Reform::Form
  property :title
  validates :title, presence: true

Fields are declared using ::property. Validations work exactly as you know it from Rails or other frameworks. Note that validations no longer go into the model.


Forms have a ridiculously simple API with only a handful of public methods.

  1. #initialize always requires a model that the form represents.
  2. #validate(params) updates the form's fields with the input data (only the form, not the model) and then runs all validations. The return value is the boolean result of the validations.
  3. #errors returns validation messages in a classic ActiveModel style.
  4. #sync writes form data back to the model. This will only use setter methods on the model(s).
  5. #save (optional) will call #save on the model and nested models. Note that this implies a #sync call.
  6. #prepopulate! (optional) will run pre-population hooks to "fill out" your form before rendering.

In addition to the main API, forms expose accessors to the defined properties. This is used for rendering or manual operations.


In your controller or operation you create a form instance and pass in the models you want to work on.

class AlbumsController
  def new
    @form =

This will also work as an editing form with an existing album.

def edit
  @form =

Reform will read property values from the model in setup. In our example, the AlbumForm will call album.title to populate the title field.

Rendering Forms

Your @form is now ready to be rendered, either do it yourself or use something like Rails' #form_for, simple_form or formtastic.

= form_for @form do |f|
  = f.input :title

Nested forms and collections can be easily rendered with fields_for, etc. Note that you no longer pass the model to the form builder, but the Reform instance.

Optionally, you might want to use the #prepopulate! method to pre-populate fields and prepare the form for rendering.


After form submission, you need to validate the input.

class SongsController
  def create
    @form =

    #=> params: {song: {title: "Rio", length: "366"}}

    if @form.validate(params[:song])

The #validate method first updates the values of the form - the underlying model is still treated as immutuable and remains unchanged. It then runs all validations you provided in the form.

It's the only entry point for updating the form. This is per design, as separating writing and validation doesn't make sense for a form.

This allows rendering the form after validate with the data that has been submitted. However, don't get confused, the model's values are still the old, original values and are only changed after a #save or #sync operation.

Syncing Back

After validation, you have two choices: either call #save and let Reform sort out the rest. Or call #sync, which will write all the properties back to the model. In a nested form, this works recursively, of course.

It's then up to you what to do with the updated models - they're still unsaved.

Saving Forms

The easiest way to save the data is to call #save on the form.

if @form.validate(params[:song])  #=> populates album with incoming data
              #   by calling @form.album.title=.
  # handle validation errors.

This will sync the data to the model and then call

Sometimes, you need to do saving manually.

Default values

Reform allows default values to be provided for properties.

class AlbumForm < Reform::Form
  property :price_in_cents, default: 9_95

Saving Forms Manually

Calling #save with a block will provide a nested hash of the form's properties and values. This does not call #save on the models and allows you to implement the saving yourself.

The block parameter is a nested hash of the form input. do |hash|
    hash      #=> {title: "Greatest Hits"}

You can always access the form's model. This is helpful when you were using populators to set up objects when validating. do |hash|
    album = @form.model



Reform provides support for nested objects. Let's say the Album model keeps some associations.

class Album < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_one  :artist
  has_many :songs

The implementation details do not really matter here, as long as your album exposes readers and writes like Album#artist and Album#songs, this allows you to define nested forms.

class AlbumForm < Reform::Form
  property :title
  validates :title, presence: true

  property :artist do
    property :full_name
    validates :full_name, presence: true

  collection :songs do
    property :name

You can also reuse an existing form from elsewhere using :form.

property :artist, form: ArtistForm

Nested Setup

Reform will wrap defined nested objects in their own forms. This happens automatically when instantiating the form.

album.songs #=> [<Song name:"Run To The Hills">]

form =
form.songs[0] #=> <SongForm model: <Song name:"Run To The Hills">>
form.songs[0].name #=> "Run To The Hills"

Nested Rendering

When rendering a nested form you can use the form's readers to access the nested forms.

= text_field :title,         @form.title
= text_field "artist[name]",

Or use something like #fields_for in a Rails environment.

= form_for @form do |f|
  = f.text_field :title

  = f.fields_for :artist do |a|
    = a.text_field :name

Nested Processing

validate will assign values to the nested forms. sync and save work analogue to the non-nested form, just in a recursive way.

The block form of #save would give you the following data. do |nested|
  nested #=> {title:  "Greatest Hits",
         #    artist: {name: "Duran Duran"},
         #    songs: [{title: "Hungry Like The Wolf"},
         #            {title: "Last Chance On The Stairways"}]
         #   }

The manual saving with block is not encouraged. You should rather check the Disposable docs to find out how to implement your manual tweak with the official API.

Populating Forms

Very often, you need to give Reform some information how to create or find nested objects when validateing. This directive is called populator and documented here.


Add this line to your Gemfile:

gem "reform"

Reform works fine with Rails 3.1-5.0. However, inheritance of validations with ActiveModel::Validations is broken in Rails 3.2 and 4.0.

Since Reform 2.2, you have to add the reform-rails gem to your Gemfile to automatically load ActiveModel/Rails files.

gem "reform-rails"

Since Reform 2.0 you need to specify which validation backend you want to use (unless you're in a Rails environment where ActiveModel will be used).

To use ActiveModel (not recommended because very out-dated).

require "reform/form/active_model/validations"
Reform::Form.class_eval do
  include Reform::Form::ActiveModel::Validations

To use dry-validation (recommended).

require "reform/form/dry"
Reform::Form.class_eval do
  feature Reform::Form::Dry

Put this in an initializer or on top of your script.


Reform allows to map multiple models to one form. The complete documentation is here, however, this is how it works.

class AlbumForm < Reform::Form
  include Composition

  property :id,    on: :album
  property :title, on: :album
  property :songs, on: :cd
  property :cd_id, on: :cd, from: :id

When initializing a composition, you have to pass a hash that contains the composees. album, cd: CD.find(1))


Reform comes many more optional features, like hash fields, coercion, virtual fields, and so on. Check the full documentation here.

Reform is part of the Trailblazer project. Please buy my book to support the development and learn everything about Reform - there's two chapters dedicated to Reform!

Security And Strong_parameters

By explicitly defining the form layout using ::property there is no more need for protecting from unwanted input. strong_parameter or attr_accessible become obsolete. Reform will simply ignore undefined incoming parameters.

This is not Reform 1.x!

Temporary note: This is the README and API for Reform 2. On the public API, only a few tiny things have changed. Here are the Reform 1.2 docs.

Anyway, please upgrade and report problems and do not simply assume that we will magically find out what needs to get fixed. When in trouble, join us on Gitter.

Full documentation for Reform is available online, or support us and grab the Trailblazer book. There is an Upgrading Guide to help you migrate through versions.


Great thanks to Blake Education for giving us the freedom and time to develop this project in 2013 while working on their project.

Author: trailblazer
Source code:
License:  MIT license

#ruby  #ruby-on-rails

Marcus  Flatley

Marcus Flatley


How To Upload and Display Images Trough IBM Cloud with Rails 6

This is a tutorial about how we can implement IBM Cloud Storage in our Ruby on Rails 6 projects. We can upload images and manage these assets with Rails. In this tutorial we are going to build a simple app. We can upload a kitty photo and vote for that photo (this tutorial only includes the part of creating a new Rails app, configuring it to save our photo on the cloud, and showing it on an image tag; the design and the part for the photo will be included in the app but is not shown in this tutorial).

Before we start, here is a little bit of background. I needed to use file storage for my project on Rails 6. At first Amazon S3 seemed fair to me. There is a lot of documentation about how to use AWS, but there was a problem. For a free account you need a valid credit card. I was looking for other options but they all needed credit cards (Azure, Google Cloud). Then I found IBM Cloud. For a free account you don’t need a credit card.

IBM also upgraded their cloud. Now it is compatible with protocol S3 (Simple Storage Service) like Amazon Web Services. Thanks to this protocol you can save objects (they can be files, or in this case images) and every object is saved in a bucket (a container of objects). This is great because the previous cloud of IBM was tricky to use.

Creating an account and making our Bucket

#ibm-cloud #ruby-on-rails #rails #s3 #aws-s3 #ibm

RFID Asset Management System - TechnoSource Australia

WASP AssetCloud is a RFID asset management system which can be accessed and used from anywhere in the world in order to effectively manage your assets. user no longer need to rely on traditional spreadsheets or any other form of manual process for asset management which can be both time-consuming as well as ineffective.

Users will have instant access to all of their asset information on their PC or even on their Android/IOS mobile device through the WASP AssetCloud app.

From tracking the location of fixed assets, to knowing which assets are due to be returned. From tracking asset related maintenance to efficiently checking out or checking in Assets. WASP AssetCloud will make Asset Management a breeze.

TechnoSource Australia is the authorised business partner and Asia-Pacific distributor for WASP Barcode Technologies USA.We provide software solutions like POS system, asset labels, barcode asset tracking system, barcode system, warehouse stock control system, portable data terminals, time and attendance system and many other essentials needed to run your business successfully.

#asset labels #asset tags #rfid asset management system #rfid asset tracking #cloud asset inventory #cloud inventory

Marcelle  Smith

Marcelle Smith


Authenticating Your API Using "Knock Gem" in Rails

Due to the inability to generate a well-defined way to authenticate rails API, I have sourced out this information in order to help me and you have a way of authenticating our rails API token. This tutorial would be based on the latest version (6.0) of Ruby on Rails.

In getting this set up as well as up and doing, the few steps through which the processes would be implemented are listed below:

Step 1:

We would need to, first of all, generate a new rails app as we embark on the journey. Follow the example given below:

$ rails new sample-app --api -d=postgresql -T
$ cd sample-app
$ rails db:create
$ rails db:migrate

Step 2:

In order to gain access to the API, we would need to uncomment or remove Cors gems as that serves as permission into gaining access to the API

gem “rack-cors”

After uncommented the gem ‘rack-cors’ then we run this command below

$ bundle install

#ruby-on-rails #rails #rails-api #knock-gem #ruby #software-development #rails-only-api