Rails migration aliases with fzf

Posted by on June 12, 2018

Ever find yourself re-running Rails migrations? Up, down, redo-ing etc. Have you forgotten that long VERSION number again? Or what the migration actually migrates? These handy aliases just might be for you.

I’ve been running individual migrations a lot recently, so I took some time to set up these aliases with fzf (a command-line fuzzy finder).

rdbm     # bundle exec rake db:migrate (no auto-completion)
rdbmu    # bundle exec rake db:migrate:up
rdbmd    # bundle exec rake db:migrate:down
rdbmr    # bundle exec rake db:migrate:redo

With this script:


# helper to echo and execute a command
function _echo_and_execute() {
  echo $1
  eval $1

# fzf (with preview) a rails migration and pass it as the command VERSION
function _fzf_rails_migration() {
  echo $(ls ./db/migrate/ | fzf --preview 'head -20 ./db/migrate/{}' | xargs | cut -d '_' -f 1 | xargs | tr -d 'n')

function rdbm() {
  if [ ! -d "./db/migrate" ]; then
    echo "Opps, you're not in a Rails directory"
    if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then
      _echo_and_execute "bundle exec rake db:migrate"
      if [ ! -z $migrate_version ]; then
        _echo_and_execute "$*$migrate_version"

# db migrate up/down/redo with a VERSION
alias rdbmu="rdbm bundle exec rake db:migrate:up VERSION="
alias rdbmd="rdbm bundle exec rake db:migrate:down VERSION="
alias rdbmr="rdbm bundle exec rake db:migrate:redo VERSION="

For example running rdbmr to redo a migration:

screencast of Rails migration aliases with fzf

Auto-completion for your migrations with a useful preview! To install this for yourself:

brew install fzf
curl https://gist.githubusercontent.com/matthutchinson/6c1bc7681b323d4d2ef5d5a55626a5cf/raw > ~/.fzf_migrations
source ~/.fzf_migrations

If this has piqued your interest, I have other fzf related aliases to help with common git and shell commands.

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