Every major component of Rails (Action Mailer, Action Controller, Action View, Active Record and Active Resource) are all Railties, so each of them is responsible to set their own initialization. This makes, for example, Rails absent of any Active Record hook, allowing any other ORM framework to hook in.
Developing a Rails extension does not require any implementation of Railtie, but if you need to interact with the Rails framework during or after boot, then Railtie is what you need to do that interaction.
For example, the following would need you to implement Railtie in your plugin:
- creating initializers
- configuring a Rails framework or the Application, like setting a generator
- adding Rails config.* keys to the environment
- setting up a subscriber to the Rails +ActiveSupport::Notifications+
- adding rake tasks into rails
Creating your Railtie
You can do this however you wish, but here is an example if you want to provide it for a gem that can be used with or without Rails:
- Create a file (say, lib/my_gem/railtie.rb) which contains class Railtie inheriting from Rails::Railtie and is namespaced to your gem:
- Require your own gem as well as rails in this file:
To add an initialization step from your Railtie to Rails boot process, you just need to create an initializer block:
class MyRailtie < Rails::Railtie initializer "my_railtie.configure_rails_initialization" do # some initialization behavior end end
If specified, the block can also receive the application object, in case you need to access some application specific configuration, like middleware:
class MyRailtie < Rails::Railtie initializer "my_railtie.configure_rails_initialization" do |app| app.middleware.use MyRailtie::Middleware end end
Finally, you can also pass :before and :after as option to initializer, in case you want to couple it with a specific step in the initialization process.
Inside the Railtie class, you can access a config object which contains configuration shared by all railties and the application:
class MyRailtie < Rails::Railtie # Customize the ORM config.generators.orm :my_railtie_orm # Add a to_prepare block which is executed once in production # and before which request in development config.to_prepare do MyRailtie.setup! end end
Loading rake tasks and generators
If your railtie has rake tasks, you can tell Rails to load them through the method rake tasks:
class MyRailtie < Railtie rake_tasks do load "path/to/my_railtie.tasks" end end
By default, Rails load generators from your load path. However, if you want to place your generators at a different location, you can specify in your Railtie a block which will load them during normal generators lookup:
class MyRailtie < Railtie generators do require "path/to/my_railtie_generator" end end
Application, Plugin and Engine
A Rails::Engine is nothing more than a Railtie with some initializers already set. And since Rails::Application and Rails::Plugin are engines, the same configuration described here can be used in all three.
Be sure to look at the documentation of those specific classes for more information.
ABSTRACT_RAILTIES = %w(Rails::Railtie Rails::Plugin Rails::Engine Rails::Application)
railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb railties/lib/rails/railtie/configurable.rb railties/lib/rails/railtie/configuration.rb