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Ever needed to use a global variable in Rails? Ugh, that's the worst. If you need global state, you've probably reached for Thread.current. Like this:

  Thread.current[:foo] ||= 0

  Thread.current[:foo] = value

Ugh! I hate it. But you gotta do what you gotta do...

The problem

Everyone's worrying about concurrency these days. So people are using those fancy threaded web servers, like Thin or Puma. But if you use Thread.current, and you use one of those servers, watch out! Values can stick around longer than you'd expect, and this can cause bugs. For example, if we had this in our controller:

def index
  Thread.current[:counter] ||= 0
  Thread.current[:counter] += 1

  render :text => Thread.current[:counter]

If we ran this on MRI with Webrick, you'd get 1 as output, every time. But if you run it with Thin, you get 1, then 2, then 3...

The solution

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'request_store'

And change the code to this:

def index[:foo] ||= 0[:foo] += 1

  render :text =>[:foo]

Yep, everywhere you used Thread.current just change it to Now no matter what server you use, you'll get 1 every time: the storage is local to that request.

Rails 2 compatibility

The gem includes a Railtie that will configure everything properly for Rails 3+ apps, but if your app is tied to an older (2.x) version, you will have to manually add the middleware yourself. Typically this should just be a matter of adding:

config.middleware.use RequestStore::Middleware

into your config/environment.rb.

No Rails? No Problem!

A Railtie is added that configures the Middleware for you, but if you're not using Rails, no biggie! Just use the Middleware yourself, however you need. You'll probably have to shove this somewhere:

use RequestStore::Middleware


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

Don't forget to run the tests with rake.