Rails::Railtie is the core of the Rails framework and provides
several hooks to extend Rails and/or modify the initialization process.
Every major component of Rails (Action Mailer, Action Controller, Active Record, etc.) implements a railtie. Each of them is responsible for their own initialization. This makes Rails itself absent of any component hooks, allowing other components to be used in place of any of the Rails defaults.
Developing a Rails extension does not require implementing a railtie, but if you need to interact with the Rails framework during or after boot, then a railtie is needed.
For example, an extension doing any of the following would need a railtie:
configuring a Rails framework for the application, like setting a generator
config.*keys to the environment
setting up a subscriber with
adding Rake tasks
Creating a Railtie
To extend Rails using a railtie, create a subclass of
Rails::Railtie. This class must be loaded during the Rails
boot process, and is conventionally called
The following example demonstrates an extension which can be used with or without Rails.
# lib/my_gem/railtie.rb module MyGem class Railtie < Rails::Railtie end end # lib/my_gem.rb require 'my_gem/railtie' if defined?(Rails)
To add an initialization step to the Rails boot process from your railtie,
just define the initialization code with the
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
initializer, in case you want to couple it with a
specific step in the initialization process.
Railties can access a config object which contains configuration shared by all railties and the application:
class MyRailtie < Rails::Railtie # Customize the ORM config.app_generators.orm :my_railtie_orm # Add a to_prepare block which is executed once in production # and before each 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
class MyRailtie < Rails::Railtie rake_tasks do load 'path/to/my_railtie.tasks' end end
By default, Rails loads 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 < Rails::Railtie generators do require 'path/to/my_railtie_generator' end end
Since filenames on the load path are shared across gems, be sure that files you load through a railtie have unique names.
Application and Engine
An engine is nothing more than a railtie with some initializers already
set. And since
Rails::Application is an engine, the same
configuration described here can be used in both.
Be sure to look at the documentation of those specific classes for more information.
|ABSTRACT_RAILTIES||=||%w(Rails::Railtie Rails::Engine Rails::Application)|
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 153 def abstract_railtie? ABSTRACT_RAILTIES.include?(name) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 171 def configure(&block) instance.configure(&block) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 141 def console(&blk) register_block_for(:load_console, &blk) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 149 def generators(&blk) register_block_for(:generators, &blk) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 131 def inherited(base) unless base.abstract_railtie? subclasses << base end end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 164 def instance @instance ||= new end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 157 def railtie_name(name = nil) @railtie_name = name.to_s if name @railtie_name ||= generate_railtie_name(self.name) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 137 def rake_tasks(&blk) register_block_for(:rake_tasks, &blk) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 145 def runner(&blk) register_block_for(:runner, &blk) end
# File railties/lib/rails/railtie.rb, line 127 def subclasses @subclasses ||=  end