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Lite::Archive is a library for archiving (soft-delete) database records.

NOTE: If you are coming from ActiveArchive, please read the port section.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'lite-archive'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install lite-archive

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rails g lite:archive:install will generate the following file: ../config/initalizers/lite_archive.rb

Lite::Archive.configure do |config|
  config.all_records_archivable = false
  config.sync_updated_at = true


An archived_at column must be added to tables where you do not want records destroyed. If the table does not have this column, records will be destroy instead of archived.

class AddArchivedAtColumn < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    create_table :table_name do |t|
      t.timestamp                # Adds archived_at automatically (if all_records_archivable is set to true)
      t.timestamp archive: true  # Adds archived_at timestamp
      t.timestamp archive: false # Does NOT add archived_at timestamp

    add_timestamp :table_name

    add_column :table_name, :archived_at, :datetime # Manual column (null constraint must be false)


user = User.first
user.archive        #=> Archives the User record and its dependents
user.unarchive      #=> Unarchives the User record and its dependents
user.to_archival    #=> Returns the User archival state locale string (ex: Archived)

User.archive_all    #=> Archives all User records and their dependents
User.unarchive_all  #=> Unarchives all User record and their dependents


User.archived.all   #=> Returns only archived records
User.unarchived.all #=> Returns only unarchived records


 class User < ActiveRecord::Base
   # ... omitted ...

   before_archive :do_something
   after_archive :do_something

   before_unarchived :do_something
   after_unarchive :do_something

   # ... omitted ...


Lite::Archive is a compatible port of ActiveArchive.

Switching is as easy as renaming ActiveArchive to Lite::Archive.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at[USERNAME]/lite-archive. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Lite::Archive project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.