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find_each(options = {})

Looping through a collection of records from the database (using the all method, for example) is very inefficient since it will try to instantiate all the objects at once.

In that case, batch processing methods allow you to work with the records in batches, thereby greatly reducing memory consumption.

The find_each method uses find_in_batches with a batch size of 1000 (or as specified by the :batch_size option).

Person.find_each do |person|
  person.do_awesome_stuff
end

Person.where("age > 21").find_each do |person|
  person.party_all_night!
end

If you do not provide a block to find_each, it will return an Enumerator for chaining with other methods:

Person.find_each.with_index do |person, index|
  person.award_trophy(index + 1)
end

Options

  • :batch_size - Specifies the size of the batch. Default to 1000.

  • :start - Specifies the starting point for the batch processing.

This is especially useful if you want multiple workers dealing with the same processing queue. You can make worker 1 handle all the records between id 0 and 10,000 and worker 2 handle from 10,000 and beyond (by setting the :start option on that worker).

# Let's process for a batch of 2000 records, skipping the first 2000 rows
Person.find_each(start: 2000, batch_size: 2000) do |person|
  person.party_all_night!
end

NOTE: It's not possible to set the order. That is automatically set to ascending on the primary key (“id ASC”) to make the batch ordering work. This also means that this method only works when the primary key is orderable (e.g. an integer or string).

NOTE: You can't set the limit either, that's used to control the batch sizes.

# File activerecord/lib/active_record/relation/batches.rb, line 48
def find_each(options = {})
  if block_given?
    find_in_batches(options) do |records|
      records.each { |record| yield record }
    end
  else
    enum_for :find_each, options do
      options[:start] ? where(table[primary_key].gteq(options[:start])).size : size
    end
  end
end
find_in_batches(options = {})

Yields each batch of records that was found by the find options as an array.

Person.where("age > 21").find_in_batches do |group|
  sleep(50) # Make sure it doesn't get too crowded in there!
  group.each { |person| person.party_all_night! }
end

If you do not provide a block to find_in_batches, it will return an Enumerator for chaining with other methods:

Person.find_in_batches.with_index do |group, batch|
  puts "Processing group ##{batch}"
  group.each(&:recover_from_last_night!)
end

To be yielded each record one by one, use find_each instead.

Options

  • :batch_size - Specifies the size of the batch. Default to 1000.

  • :start - Specifies the starting point for the batch processing.

This is especially useful if you want multiple workers dealing with the same processing queue. You can make worker 1 handle all the records between id 0 and 10,000 and worker 2 handle from 10,000 and beyond (by setting the :start option on that worker).

# Let's process the next 2000 records
Person.find_in_batches(start: 2000, batch_size: 2000) do |group|
  group.each { |person| person.party_all_night! }
end

NOTE: It's not possible to set the order. That is automatically set to ascending on the primary key (“id ASC”) to make the batch ordering work. This also means that this method only works when the primary key is orderable (e.g. an integer or string).

NOTE: You can't set the limit either, that's used to control the batch sizes.

# File activerecord/lib/active_record/relation/batches.rb, line 98
def find_in_batches(options = {})
  options.assert_valid_keys(:start, :batch_size)

  relation = self
  start = options[:start]
  batch_size = options[:batch_size] || 1000

  unless block_given?
    return to_enum(:find_in_batches, options) do
      total = start ? where(table[primary_key].gteq(start)).size : size
      (total - 1).div(batch_size) + 1
    end
  end

  if logger && (arel.orders.present? || arel.taken.present?)
    logger.warn("Scoped order and limit are ignored, it's forced to be batch order and batch size")
  end

  relation = relation.reorder(batch_order).limit(batch_size)
  records = start ? relation.where(table[primary_key].gteq(start)).to_a : relation.to_a

  while records.any?
    records_size = records.size
    primary_key_offset = records.last.id
    raise "Primary key not included in the custom select clause" unless primary_key_offset

    yield records

    break if records_size < batch_size

    records = relation.where(table[primary_key].gt(primary_key_offset)).to_a
  end
end