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Collect all values for a given column in an ActiveRecord scope

The Edge Rider gem Archive allows you to collect an array of values for one field of your ActiveRecord elements:

>> => [1, 5, 23, 42]

It also comes with a :distinct option in case you are only interested in unique values:

>> Article.collect_column(:state, distinct: true) => ['draft', 'published']

In modern Railses (since 3.2) you can also use ActiveRecord's pluck Archive method.

>> => [1, 5, 23, 42]

For a DISTINCT selection, use uniq (distinct for rails 5+) on your scope (not the resulting array).

>> Article.uniq.pluck(:state) # SELECT DISTINCT state FROM articles => ['draft', 'published'] # rails 5+ >> Article.distinct.pluck(:state)

EdgeRider delegates collect_column to pluck, if available.

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Last edit:
about 3 years ago
by Daniel Straßner
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