The most efficient way to import for Active Admin

activeadmin, csv, import
gem install active_admin_import -v 5.1.0



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The most fastest and efficient CSV import for Active Admin with support of validations, bulk inserts and encodings handling.

For more about ActiveAdminImport installation and usage, check Documentation website and Wiki pages for some specific cases and caveats.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "active_admin_import"


gem "active_admin_import" , github: "activeadmin-plugins/active_admin_import"

And then execute:

$ bundle


  • Replacements/Updates support
  • Encoding handling
  • CSV options
  • Ability to describe/change CSV headers
  • Bulk import (activerecord-import)
  • Callbacks
  • Zip files
  • and more...

Basic usage

ActiveAdmin.register Post
  active_admin_import options


Tool Description
:back resource action to redirect after processing
:csv_options hash with column separator, row separator, etc
:validate bool (true by default), perform validations or not
:batch_transaction bool (false by default), if transaction is used when batch importing and works when :validate is set to true
:batch_size integer value of max record count inserted by 1 query/transaction
:before_import proc for before import action, hook called with importer object
:after_import proc for after import action, hook called with importer object
:before_batch_import proc for before each batch action, called with importer object
:after_batch_import proc for after each batch action, called with importer object
:on_duplicate_key_update an Array or Hash, tells activerecord-import to use MySQL's ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE or Postgres 9.5+/SQLite 3.24.0+ ON CONFLICT DO UPDATE ability
:on_duplicate_key_ignore bool, tells activerecord-import to use MySQL's INSERT IGNORE or Postgres 9.5+ ON CONFLICT DO NOTHING or SQLite's INSERT OR IGNORE ability
:ignore bool, alias for on_duplicate_key_ignore
:timestamps bool, tells activerecord-import to not add timestamps (if false) even if record timestamps is disabled in ActiveRecord::Base
:template custom template rendering
:template_object object passing to view
:resource_class resource class name
:resource_label resource label value
:plural_resource_label pluralized resource label value (default config.plural_resource_label)
:error_limit Limit the number of errors reported (default 5, set to nil for all)
:headers_rewrites hash with key (csv header) - value (db column name) rows mapping
:if Controls whether the 'Import' button is displayed. It supports a proc to be evaluated into a boolean value within the activeadmin render context.


Check various examples


Tool Description
rchardet Character encoding auto-detection in Ruby. As smart as your browser. Open source.
activerecord-import Powerful library for bulk inserting data using ActiveRecord.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request