Guesses the table name (in forced lower-case) based on the name of the class in the inheritance hierarchy descending directly from ActiveRecord::Base. So if the hierarchy looks like: Reply < Message < ActiveRecord::Base, then Message is used to guess the table name even when called on Reply. The rules used to do the guess are handled by the Inflector class in Active Support, which knows almost all common English inflections. You can add new inflections in config/initializers/inflections.rb.
Nested classes are given table names prefixed by the singular form of the parent’s table name. Enclosing modules are not considered.
class Invoice < ActiveRecord::Base end file class table_name invoice.rb Invoice invoices class Invoice < ActiveRecord::Base class Lineitem < ActiveRecord::Base end end file class table_name invoice.rb Invoice::Lineitem invoice_lineitems module Invoice class Lineitem < ActiveRecord::Base end end file class table_name invoice/lineitem.rb Invoice::Lineitem lineitems
Additionally, the class-level table_name_prefix is prepended and the table_name_suffix is appended. So if you have “myapp_” as a prefix, the table name guess for an Invoice class becomes “myapp_invoices”. Invoice::Lineitem becomes “myapp_invoice_lineitems”.
You can also set your own table name explicitly:
class Mouse < ActiveRecord::Base self.table_name = "mice" end
Alternatively, you can override the table_name method to define your own computation. (Possibly using super to manipulate the default table name.) Example:
class Post < ActiveRecord::Base def self.table_name "special_" + super end end Post.table_name # => "special_posts"
# File activerecord/lib/active_record/model_schema.rb, line 125 def table_name reset_table_name unless defined?(@table_name) @table_name end