update_all(updates, conditions = nil, options = {}) public

Updates all records with details given if they match a set of conditions supplied, limits and order can also be supplied. This method constructs a single SQL UPDATE statement and sends it straight to the database. It does not instantiate the involved models and it does not trigger Active Record callbacks or validations.


  • updates - A string, array, or hash representing the SET part of an SQL statement.
  • conditions - A string, array, or hash representing the WHERE part of an SQL statement. See conditions in the intro.
  • options - Additional options are :limit and :order, see the examples for usage.


  # Update all customers with the given attributes
  Customer.update_all :wants_email => true

  # Update all books with 'Rails' in their title
  Book.update_all "author = 'David'", "title LIKE '%Rails%'"

  # Update all avatars migrated more than a week ago
  Avatar.update_all ['migrated_at = ?', Time.now.utc], ['migrated_at > ?', 1.week.ago]

  # Update all books that match conditions, but limit it to 5 ordered by date
  Book.update_all "author = 'David'", "title LIKE '%Rails%'", :order => 'created_at', :limit => 5
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March 23, 2011
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Note that ActiveRecord will not update the timestamp fields (updated_at/updated_on) when using update_all().

December 10, 2010 - (>= v3.0.0)
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complex conditions

If you need add complex conditions you can use this:

Model.where(:foo => 'bar').where(:attr => 1).update_all("author = 'David'")
October 1, 2013
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Update multiple attributes with raw sql

You can update multiple attributes with sql for each record being updated by using the following syntax:


Model.update_all("foo = 'bar', baz = 'bat'")
June 17, 2011
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bug's fixed, though

in 3.1.0. it works in sqlite3 even, via nested query

but 3.0.3, 3.0.7-9 all broken

June 15, 2011
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beware, update_all silently ignores :limit and :order option in 3.0.8.

I’ve fixed my code temporarily with

update_all "foo=1 where #{myscope.where_values} limit 1"