Allow to track changes of records which done through ActiveAdmin

activeadmin, audit, papertrail, rails
gem install activeadmin-audit -v 0.1.4


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This gem allows you to track changes of records which done through ActiveAdmin panel. Also works with has_many relations


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'activeadmin-audit'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install activeadmin-audit

Setting up Active Admin Audit (for Rails)

After installing the gem, you need to run the generator. Here are your options:

  • If you want to use an existing user class, provide it as an argument:

    rails g active_admin_audit:install User
  • Otherwise, with no arguments we will create an AdminUser class to use with Devise:

    rails g active_admin_audit:install

The generator adds these core files, among others:


Then you have to install migrations to persist papper trails:

rake active_admin_audit:install:migrations


Copy and apply migrations

rake active_admin_audit:install:migrations
rake db:migrate

Include this line in your CSS code (active_admin.scss)

@import "activeadmin-audit";

Include this module in your ApplicationController

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  include ActiveAdmin::Audit::ControllerHelper

From model that you want to auditing call has_versions method

class Movie < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :genres
  has_many :images

  has_versions skip: [:comment], also_include: {
    genres: [:id],
    images: [:url, :width, :height, :kind],

By default has_versions take care about all record attributes including belongs_to references. If you don't want to include some attribute you can pass it name to skip options. If you want to include has_many relation pass it's name with attributes to also_include option.

To display table with latest changes on the ActiveAdmin resource page use helper latest_versions:

ActiveAdmin.register Movie do
  # ...

  show do |movie|
    # ...


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to

We test this gem against different versions of ActiveAdmin using appraisal gem. To regenerate gemfiles run:

$ appraisal install

To run specs against all versions:

$ appraisal rake spec


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at[USERNAME]/activeadmin-audit. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.