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How to query PostgreSQL's json fields from Rails

PostgreSQL offers a really handy field type: json. You can store any JSON there, in any structure.

While its flexibility is great, there is no syntactic sugar in Rails yet. Thus, you need to manually query the database.


# Given a Task model with 'details' json column Task.where("details->>'key' = ?", "value") # matches where 'details' contains "key":"value" Task.where("details->>'{a,b}' = ?", "value") # matches where 'details' contains "a":{"b":"value"} Task.where("details->'a'->>'b' = ?", "value") # same as above, but via operator chaining

-> returns JSON, whereas ->> returns text. Note that the key(s) must be passed with single quotes.

Updating records is not supported for json columns Archive . jsonb columns can be updated, but that needs a different syntax.

Does your version of Ruby on Rails still receive security updates?
Rails LTS provides security patches for unsupported versions of Ruby on Rails (2.3, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.2).

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Dominik Schöler
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almost 4 years ago
by Dominik Schöler
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