Rails + Devise working with multiple models

Posted by ZedTuX 0n R00t on January 8, 2015

The usual case with devise is to have users. In this case Devise is really easy: 1 command to run and you’re done.

But when you want to manage different kind of users like having a class User and a class Admin. Some people prefer to not create a second model (maybe due to the difficulty to manage both ?) and use technics like using Concern and so on.

Personnaly I want the 2 models.

Something changed

Since the 13th of August 2014 a new helper has been released in Devise:

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3.3.0 - 2014-08-13
- enhancements
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- Adds devise_group, a macro to define controller helpers for multiple mappings at once. (by @dropletzz)
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Dropletzz has implemented an helper method which allows you to define a group of mappings which generates some methods like explained in the documentation.

How to use devise_group

In my case I need this group all the time so I’m adding this to the ApplicationController:

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class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
protect_from_forgery with: :exception
devise_group :person, contains: [:user, :admin]
before_action :authenticate_person! # Ensure someone is logged in
end


Now I can use everywhere in my application current_person where the code is common to the User and Admin classes. I can still use current_user and current_admin which is cool.

Thank you

I would like to thank Dropletzz :) and you for reading this.