(In its early days :) called PhonyNumber)

This Gem adds useful methods to your Rails app to validate, display and save phone numbers. It uses the super awesome Phony gem (


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'phony_rails'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install phony_rails


Normalization / ActiveRecord Extension

In your model add:

class SomeModel < ActiveRecord::Base

  # Normalizes the attribute itself before validation
  phony_normalize :phone_number, :default_country_code => 'US'

  # Normalizes attribute before validation and saves into other attribute
  phony_normalize :phone_number, :as => :phone_number_normalized_version, :default_country_code => 'US'

  # Creates method normalized_fax_number that returns the normalized version of fax_number
  phony_normalized_method :fax_number

The :default_country_code options is used to specify a country_code when normalizing.

PhonyRails will also check your model for a country_code method to use when normalizing the number. So '070-12341234' with country_code 'NL' will get normalized to '317012341234'.

You can also do-it-yourself and call:

# Options:
#   :country_code => The country code we should use (forced).
#   :default_country_code => Some fallback code (eg. 'NL') that can be used as default (comes from phony_normalize_numbers method).

PhonyRails.normalize_number('some number', :country_code => 'NL')

PhonyRails.normalize_number('+4790909090', :country_code => 'SE') # => '464790909090' (forced to +46)
PhonyRails.normalize_number('+4790909090', :default_country_code => 'SE') # => '4790909090' (still +47 so not changed)


In your model use the Phony.plausible method to validate an attribute:

validates :phone_number, :phony_plausible => true

or the helper method:

validates_plausible_phone :phone_number

this method use other validators under the hood to provide: * presence validation using ActiveModel::Validations::PresenceValidator * format validation using ActiveModel::Validations::FormatValidator

so we can use:

validates_plausible_phone :phone_number, :presence => true
validates_plausible_phone :phone_number, :with => /^\+\d+/
validates_plausible_phone :phone_number, :without => /^\+\d+/
validates_plausible_phone :phone_number, :presence => true, :with => /^\+\d+/

the i18n key is :improbable_phone

Display / Views

In your views use:

<%= "311012341234".phony_formatted(:format => :international, :spaces => '-') %>
<%= "+31-10-12341234".phony_formatted(:format => :international, :spaces => '-') %>
<%= "+31(0)1012341234".phony_formatted(:format => :international, :spaces => '-') %>

To first normalize the String to a certain country use:

<%= "010-12341234".phony_formatted(normalize => :NL, :format => :international, :spaces => '-') %>

You can also use the bang method (phony_formatted!):

number = "010-12341234"
number.phony_formatted!(normalize => :NL, :format => :international)
number # => "+31 10 12341234"

Find by normalized number

Say you want to find a record by a phone number. Best is to normalize user input and compare to an attribute stored in the db.



0.3.0 * Now ability to force change a country_code. See:

0.2.1 * Better error handling by @k4nar

0.1.12 * Further loosened gemspec dependencies.

0.1.11 * Better gemspec dependency versions by @rjhaveri.

0.1.10 * Changes from henning-koch. * Some pending fixes.

0.1.8 * Improved validation methods by @ddidier.

0.1.6 * Added :as option to phony_normalize.

0.1.5 * some tests and a helper method by @ddidier.

0.1.2 * Using countries gem as suggested by @brutuscat. * Fixes bugs mentioned by @ddidier.

0.1.0 * Added specs.

0.0.10 * Same fix as 0.0.9 but for phony_formatted method.

0.0.9 * Fix for using same options Hash for all models.

0.0.8 * Improved number cleaning not to remove '+' and leading 0's. Now works with national numbers starting with 0 followed by country_code. Eg. 032 in BE.

0.0.7 * Fixed problem with '+' number

0.0.6 * Fixed problem with '070-4157134' being parsed as US number


  • Make this work: Home.find_by_normalized_phone_number(Home.normalize_number(params[:phone_number])) So we use Home.normalize_number instead of PhonyRails.normalize_number. This way we can use the same default_country_code.
  • Make country_code method configurable.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

Thanks to all contributors: ddidier, brutuscat, henning-koch.