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This is an abstract base class for previewers, which generate images from blobs. See ActiveStorage::Previewer::PDFPreviewer and ActiveStorage::Previewer::VideoPreviewer for examples of concrete subclasses.

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Included Modules
Attributes
[R] blob
Class Public methods
accept?(blob)

Implement this method in a concrete subclass. Have it return true when given a blob from which the previewer can generate an image.

# File activestorage/lib/active_storage/previewer.rb, line 15
def self.accept?(blob)
  false
end
new(blob)
# File activestorage/lib/active_storage/previewer.rb, line 19
def initialize(blob)
  @blob = blob
end
Instance Public methods
preview()

Override this method in a concrete subclass. Have it yield an attachable preview image (i.e. anything accepted by ActiveStorage::Attached::One#attach).

# File activestorage/lib/active_storage/previewer.rb, line 25
def preview
  raise NotImplementedError
end
Instance Private methods
draw(*argv)

Executes a system command, capturing its binary output in a tempfile. Yields the tempfile.

Use this method to shell out to a system library (e.g. mupdf or ffmpeg) for preview image generation. The resulting tempfile can be used as the :io value in an attachable Hash:

def preview
  download_blob_to_tempfile do |input|
    draw "my-drawing-command", input.path, "--format", "png", "-" do |output|
      yield io: output, filename: "#{blob.filename.base}.png", content_type: "image/png"
    end
  end
end

The output tempfile is opened in the directory returned by ActiveStorage::Downloading#tempdir.

# File activestorage/lib/active_storage/previewer.rb, line 44
def draw(*argv) # :doc:
  Tempfile.open("ActiveStorage", tempdir) do |file|
    capture(*argv, to: file)
    yield file
  end
end