Add model preferences

Solidus comes with many model-specific preferences. They are configured to have default values that are appropriate for typical stores. Additional preferences can be added by your application or included extensions.

Preferences can be set on any model that inherits from Spree::Base .

Note that model preferences apply only to the current model. To learn more about application-wide preferences, see the App configuration article.

We recommend keeping preferences to the minimum necessary. However, if your store requires additional preferences, you can create custom ones that have any number of arguments.

Define new preferences

You can define preferences for a model within the model itself:

      module MyStore
  class User < Spree::Base
    preference :hot_salsa, :boolean
    preference :dark_chocolate, :boolean, default: true
    preference :color, :string
    preference :favorite_number, :integer
    preference :language, :string, default: "English"


This will work because User is a subclass of Spree::Base. If found, the preferences attribute gets serialized into a Hash and merged with the default values.

Supported type for preferences

For each preference you define, a data type should be provided. The available types are:

  • boolean
  • string
  • encrypted_string
  • password
  • integer
  • text
  • array
  • hash

An optional default value may be defined. (See the :dark_chocolate preference in the block above.) This is the value used unless another value has been set.

Details for encrypted_string type

We encourage the usage of environment variables for keeping your secrets, but in case when this is not possible you can use a preference of type encrypted_string.

A preference of type encrypted_string accept an option named encryption_key, the value of the option will be used as key for the encryption of the preference.

If no encryption_key is passed the application would use the value of the environment variable SOLIDUS_PREFERENCES_MASTER_KEY as encryption key.

If no environment variable SOLIDUS_PREFERENCES_MASTER_KEY is set the application would use the Rails master key as encryption key.

Solidus will NOT manage the rotation, or secure storage, of the key, this things need to be handled by hand.

To access the unencrypted value of a preference of type encrypted_string use the method generated by Solidus, see Access your preferences .

If you try to fetch the value directly from the preferences hash, you'll get the encrypted string.

Add columns for your preferences

In order for your new preferences to persist, you need to add a column to the relevant model using a migration:

      class AddPreferencesToSubscriptionRules < ActiveRecord::Migration[5.0]
  def change
    add_column :my_store_users, :preferences, :text


Your new preferences column should be the type text.

Then, you can run the migration:

      bundle exec rails db:migrate


Access your preferences

Once preferences have been defined for a model, they can be accessed either using the shortcut methods that are generated for each preference or the generic methods that are not specific to a particular preference.

Shortcut Methods

There are several shortcut methods that are generated. They are shown below.

Reader methods:

      user.preferred_color                # => nil
user.preferred_language             # => "English"


Writer methods:

      user.preferred_hot_salsa = false    # => false
user.preferred_language = "English" # => "English"


Check if a preference is available:

      user.has_preference? :hot_salsa     # => True


Generic Methods

Each shortcut method is essentially a wrapper for the various generic methods shown below:

Query method:

      user.prefers?(:hot_salsa)           # => false
user.prefers?(:dark_chocolate)      # => false


Reader methods:

      user.get_preference :color                  # => nil
user.get_preference :language               # => English
user.preferences.fetch(:dark_chocolate)     # => false


Writer method:

      user.set_preference(:hot_salsa, false)     # => false
user.set_preference(:language, "English")  # => "English"


Accessing All Preferences

You can get a hash of all stored preferences by accessing the preferences helper:

      user.preferences # => {"language"=>"English", "color"=>nil}


This hash will contain the value for every preference that has been defined for the model instance, whether the value is the default or one that has been previously stored.

Default and Type

You can access the default value for a preference:

      user.preferred_color_default # => 'blue'


Types are used to generate forms or display the preference. You can also get the type defined for a preference:

      user.preferred_color_type # => :string



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