Ruby script outside of rails app


I would like to write a ruby script that runs on its own, but still
take advantage of the ActiveRecord configured by the web app. Is there
an easy way to do this?

Thanks in advance!

Hi Phil,

you sure can. For offline tasks, I usually go with a rake task (http:// or writing a ruby
script which is executed with ruby script/runner (this makes it
similar to running script/console and typing the code yourself).

However if all you want is ActiveRecord and your db config you can do

require ‘rubygems’
require ‘activerecord’

RAILS_ENV = (ENV[“RAILS_ENV”] || “development”)
RAILS_ROOT = “/location/to/my/rails_app”

If we don’t have a db connection, then parse the yml file, and

extract the db config for the relevant rails_env
unless ActiveRecord::Base.connected?
db_options = YAML::load(, “config”,

You will also need to require any models you want explicitly too, if
you go this route.


Awesome, exactly what I needed. Thank you!

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