The ultimate rating system for ActiveRecord models. Highly flexible and configurable, while easy to use with the defaults. Supports 3 different ways to manage the statistics, and creates all the needed associations for easy access to everything.
Comes complete with the needed migrations code to make it easy to add to any project.
NOTE: It uses some advanced SQL constructs that might not be supported by all servers. It was tested on Postgres only. If you have patches/fixes for other databases, please send them and I will add them to the plugin. UPDATE: Thanks to work done by Tiago Serafim it now passes all but one tests on MySQL. And this test fails due to strangeness in the avg() function in MySQL, according to Tiago.
Rate any model
Optionally add fields to the rated objects to optimize speed
Optionally add an external rating statistics table with a record for each rated model
Can work with the added fields, external table or just using direct SQL count/avg calls
Use any model as the rater (defaults to User)
Limit the range of the ratings
Average, total and number of ratings
Find objects by ratings or rating ranges
Find objects by rater
Check if an object is rated by a specific rater. (Added by Tiago Serafim, thanks!)
script/plugin install svn://rubyforge.org/var/svn/acts-as-rated/trunk/acts_as_rated
gem install - coming soon
Agile Web Development directory
My blog with some comments about the plugin
Work done as part of Famundo development
Contact me at
V3 - Added improved find_by_rating as proposed by Ian McIntosh
V2 - Passing MySQL tests, check if rated by a specific rater as proposed by Tiago Serafim
Test with more databases
Test with other versions of Rails (tested against 1.2.1)
Add view helpers for easy display and entering of the ratings
Example of usage:
Simple rating system
Look at the file test/rating_test.rb for many usage examples covering all variations of the plugin.
class Book < ActiveRecord::Base acts_as_rated end bill = User.find_by_name 'bill' jill = User.find_by_name 'jill' catch22 = Book.find_by_title 'Catch 22' hobbit = Book.find_by_title 'Hobbit' catch22.rate 5, bill hobbit.rate 3, bill catch22.rate 1, jill hobbit.rate 5, jill hobbit. # => 4 hobbit.rated_total # => 8 hobbit.rated_count # => 2 hobbit.unrate bill hobbit. # => 5 hobbit.rated_total # => 5 hobbit.rated_count # => 1 bks = Book. 5 # => [hobbit] bks = Book. 1..5 # => [catch22, hobbit] usr = Book.find_rated_by jill # => [catch22, hobbit]
The file test/fixtures/migrations/001_add_rating_tables.rb shows examples of all types of migration options.
See also the detailed documentation for the acts_as_rated method on how to declare it, and the rest of the documentation for how to generate the migration columns/files and how to use it.
class AddRatingTables < ActiveRecord::Migration def self.up ActiveRecord::Base.create_ratings_table # Movies table has the columns for the ratings added while it's created create_table(:movies) do |t|
t.column :title, :text Movie.generate_ratings_columns t
end # Cars table has the columns for the ratings added, but after the fact, using ALTER TABLE calls. # Usually used if the model already exist and we want to add the ratings after the fact create_table(:cars) do |t|
t.column :title, :text
end Car.add_ratings_columns end def self.down # Remove the columns we added Car.remove_ratings_columns drop_table :movies rescue nil drop_table :cars rescue nil ActiveRecord::Base.drop_ratings_table end end
Testing the plugin
The plugin comes with a full set of tests, both for migrations and for the code itself. The framework was taken from the acts_as_versioned plugin, allowing it to run stand-alone in the test directory.
run the tests:
In order for testing to work, you need to create a database (default name is acts_as_rated_plugin_test) and edit test/database.yml to make sure the login and password are correct. You can also change there the name of the database.
Testing defaults to postgresql, to change it set the environment variable DB to the driver you want to use:
env DB='mysql' rake test