acts_as_audited is an ActiveRecord extension that logs all changes to your models in an audits table.

The purpose of this fork is to add comments to audits.


script/plugin install git://
  • Generate the migration

    • If installing without a previous version of acts_as_audited or you do not mind overwriting your audits table:

      script/generate audited_migration add_audits_table
    • If upgrading from a version of acts_as_audited that does not contain comment functionality:

      script/generate audited_migration_update update_audits_table
    • After running one of the generators:

      rake db:migrate


Declare acts_as_audited on your models:

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_audited :except => [:password, :mistress]

Within a web request, will automatically record the user that made the change if your controller has a current_user method. Comments can be added to an audit by setting model.audit_comments before create/update/destroy. If the :comment_required option is given to acts_as_audited, the save/update/destroy action will fail with add an error on model.audit_comment and triggering a transaction rollback if model.audit_comment is nil.

To record a user in the audits outside of a web request, you can use as_user:

Audit.as_user(user) do
  # Perform changes on audited models


If your model declares attr_accessible after acts_as_audited, you need to set :protect to false. acts_as_audited uses attr_protected internally to prevent malicious users from unassociating your audits, and Rails does not allow both attr_protected and attr_accessible. It will default to false if attr_accessible is called before acts_as_audited, but needs to be explicitly set if it is called after.

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  acts_as_audited :protect => false
  attr_accessible :name


acts_as_audited works with Rails 2.1 or later.

Getting Help

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Contributions are always welcome. Checkout the latest code on GitHub:

Please include tests with your patches. There are a few gems required to run the tests:

$ gem install multi_rails
$ gem install thoughtbot-shoulda jnunemaker-matchy --source

Make sure the tests pass against all versions of Rails since 2.1:

$ rake test:multi_rails:all

Please report bugs or feature suggestions on GitHub: