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I need to generate uuid for my rails application. What are the options(gems) I have? [duplicate]

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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There are plenty of options, I recommend not to add additional dependencies and use SecureRandom which is builtin:

SecureRandom.uuid #=> "1ca71cd6-08c4-4855-9381-2f41aeffe59c"

See other possible formats here.

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The first thing I would suggest is that please upgrade your ruby and rails version.

A very good way of generating guid is SecureRandom, which is a ruby module. With easy usage.

require 'securerandom'
guid = SecureRandom.hex(10) #or whatever value you want instead of 10

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Please see in detail, how to use securerandom ruby standard library to use UUID with example in rails 3.X and 4.X

create usesguid.rb file in your lib/usesguid.rb and paste below code in that –

require 'securerandom'

module ActiveRecord
  module Usesguid #:nodoc:
    def self.append_features(base)
      super
      base.extend(ClassMethods)  
    end

    module ClassMethods
      def usesguid(options = {})
        class_eval do
          self.primary_key = options[:column] if options[:column]
          after_initialize :create_id
          def create_id
            self.id ||= SecureRandom.uuid
          end
        end
      end
    end
  end
end
ActiveRecord::Base.class_eval do
  include ActiveRecord::Usesguid
end

add following line in your config/application.rb to load file –

require File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../lib/usesguid'

Create migration script for UUID function as mentioned below to –

class CreateUuidFunction < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def self.up
    execute "create or replace function uuid() returns uuid as 'uuid-ossp', 'uuid_generate_v1' volatile strict language C;"
  end

  def self.down
    execute "drop function uuid();"
  end
end

Here is example for contact migration, how we can use it –

class CreateContacts < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    create_table :contacts, id: false do |t|
      t.column :id, :uuid, null:false 
      t.string :name
      t.string :mobile_no

      t.timestamps
    end
  end
end

Final how to use into your model

class Contact < ActiveRecord::Base
  usesguid

end

This will help you to configure UUID for your rails application.

This can be useful for Rails 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 and 4.0 as well.

Please let me know If you have any issue while using it, so simple!

Other options for Rails4 here

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I would suggest using PostgreSQL and using the uuid column built in, it autogenerates UUID based on type you create the column.

Example in Rails 3 migration


execute <<-SQL
CREATE TABLE some_items (id uuid PRIMARY KEY DEFAULT uuid_generate_v1());
SQL

Might be a better way to do this in Rails 4.