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Excellent rake task code snippet to completely rebuild & migrate your db

Posted by arjunghosh on January 4, 2008

The other day I came across a code snippet which completely automates the re-building and migrating of database. It also run all my rake task for db which I can include in it. All this is done by single line of code. I thought I will share it here.

1. First you need to create a rake file in your /lib/tasks folder of your Rails application. Say it is called


2. In this file, add all your customized rake tasks for your db like adding initial seed data to db,etc.

3. Then add the following code just before the end of the rake task :

desc ‘rebuild the database from scratch’

task :rebuild=> :environment do
p “Beggining the rebuild”

desc ‘destroy your database’

task :drop_and_create=> :environment do
db_name = ActiveRecord::Base.connection.current_database
p “Dropping the database”
p “Creating the database”
db_config = YAML.load_file(File.join(RAILS_ROOT, “config”, “database.yml”))

Now whenever you need to re-create your db and run all your migrations and run all your tasks for db, you need not go and run multiple commands like db:migrate, then db:your_rake_tasks, etc.

You can simply run the following:

rake db:rebuild

🙂 cool right.


2 Responses to “Excellent rake task code snippet to completely rebuild & migrate your db”

  1. […] To seed the database with initial database:- Run the following command: rake db:populate This will populated the database with initial data as written in populate rake file. Also a rake task called rebuild has been created so that it becomes easy to do the above steps from dropping a db, re-creating the db,running all the migration and then finally populating it with the initial seed data. Run the following command:rake db:rebuild. [NOTE:This rebuild rake task will easily do all the above db related steps. See my previous post for “How to create a rake db:rebuild task” […]

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