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Saneitized takes strings turns those values into their sane ruby equivalents. For example how many times have you done something like the following

hash = JSON.parse("{\"should_explode\":\"false\"}")

hash['should_explode']        #=> 'false'

if hash['should_explode']
  explode_all_the_bombs       #=> 'Bombs are exploding'


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'saneitized'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install saneitized


The guts of saneitized is it's convert method, it will converts strings into their appropriate types. It tries to convert strings in the following order, trying the next thing if it fails or returning the new value if it succeeds

Boolean: Saneitized.convert('true') #=> true ('false' works the same way)
nil:     Saneitized.convert('null') #=> nil  (also converts 'nil' and 'NULL')
Integer: Saneitized.convert('42') #=> 42
Float:   Saneitized.convert('22.2') #=> 22.2
JSON:    Saneitized.convert("{\"hello\":\"goodbye\"}") #=> {"hello"=>"goodbye"}

Additionaly you can sanitize time as well

Time:    Saneitized.convert("2014-05-28T23:15:26Z", :add => :time) #=> 2014-05-28 23:15:26 UTC

Time is left out of the default sanitizers because the Chronic parser used is pretty agressive and will convert some things you might not thing would be time.

You can checkout lib/saneitized/converter.rb for more information

Saneitized ignores all non-string types except Arrays and Hashes.

Arrays and Hashes

Arrays and hashes are recursively traversed and saneitized. So something like

insane = [{'number' => '10'}, {'float' => '34.5'}]
sane = Saneitized.convert(insane)              # is equivelent
sane == [{'number' => 10}, {'float' => 34.5}] # Note this is a Saneitized::Array

Note that the returned types are Saneitized::Hash or Saneitized::Array, these function almost the same as regular arrays except that new assigned values will also be saneitized

hash =
hash['fred'] = '234'
hash['fred'] #=> 234

Saneitized Keys?

If for some reason you have a hash like {'123' => 'foo', '124' => 'bar'} and you want to saneitze the keys of the hash, Sanitized allows you to do that too

hash = {'123' => 'foo', '124' => 'bar'}
sane = Sanitized.convert(hash, saneitize_keys: true)
sane #=> {123 => 'foo', 124 => 'bar'}


You can make saneitized ignore certain strings by including a blacklist option

Saneitized.convert('23', blacklist:%w(21 22 23)) #=> '23'

You can also black list keys of hashes if thats your thing

Saneitized.convert( {name:'12345', age:'21'}, :key_blacklist => :name}) #=> {name:'12345', age: 21}
Saneitized.convert( {name:'12345', 'age' => '21'}, :key_blacklist => [:name, 'age'}) #=> {name:'12345', 'age' => '21'}


By default convert runs through the sanitizers, but you can pick and choose what sanitizers you want to use.

You can select to 'only' use certian converter

Saneitized.convert( {a_float:'12.34', an_integer:'1234'}, :only => [:integer] ) #=> {a_float:'12.34', an_integer: 1234}

You can choose to use all the sanitizers 'except' a selection

Saneitized.convert( {a_float:'12.34', an_integer:'1234'}, :except => :float ) #=> {a_float:'12.34', an_integer: 1234}

You can also add sanitizers that are overly agressive and not part of the default set

Saneitized.convert( "2001-02-03 10:11:12 -0400", add: :time) #=> 2001-02-03 10:11:12 -0400

You can pass these options as a single symbol or as an array of symbols

Important Notes

To convert a sanetized array/hash back to a non-saneitized hash, simply call the #to_a and #to_h methods, but keep in mind that the resulting hash still points to the same underlying data, for example.

h ={'key' => '10'})
h #=> {'key' => 10}
h['key'] = '20'
h #=> {'key' => 20}
hh = h.to_h
hh['key'] = '30'
h #=> {'key' => '30'}

This is how normal ruby arrays and hashes work as well, if you want a new copy, you need to call dup.


If you run across a NotImplementedError with something that should works with a regular hash or array, it's because I plan to implement the saneitized version, but haven't had a need for it yet, you are welcome to submit pull requests that implements these holes.

More Example

sane_hash ={:false =>  'false',
                                  :number => '10',
                                  :float  => '42.4'})

sane_hash[:false]   #=> false
sane_hash[:number]  #=> 10
sane_hash[:float]   #=> 42.4

See the specs for more examples.


  1. Fork it ( )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Writes Specs, pull requests will not be accepted without tests.
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new Pull Request