Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· Chip Castle

Rake task list in Rails

Sometimes in Rails it's helpful to see a list of Rake tasks that are available to you.

Maybe you know there's a task that does something specific, but you can't quite remember what it was called.

The solution? Just list the tasks, like so:

rake -T

On a few of my projects, this returns quite a massive list of rake tasks, which can take a while to sift through. To speed this up, you can always provide a prefix to help Rake filter the results. For example, let's say I want to list all of the db related tasks, I can just do this:

rake -T db

On my system running Rails 3.2.13, this is the result:

* rake -T db
WARNING: Nokogiri was built against LibXML version 2.8.0, but has dynamically loaded 2.7.8
rake db:create          # Create the database from DATABASE_URL or config/database.yml for the current Rails.env (use db:create:all to create all dbs in the config)
rake db:drop            # Drops the database using DATABASE_URL or the current Rails.env (use db:drop:all to drop all databases)
rake db:fixtures:load   # Load fixtures into the current environment's database.
rake db:migrate         # Migrate the database (options: VERSION=x, VERBOSE=false).
rake db:migrate:status  # Display status of migrations
rake db:rollback        # Rolls the schema back to the previous version (specify steps w/ STEP=n).
rake db:schema:dump     # Create a db/schema.rb file that can be portably used against any DB supported by AR
rake db:schema:load     # Load a schema.rb file into the database
rake db:seed            # Load the seed data from db/seeds.rb
rake db:setup           # Create the database, load the schema, and initialize with the seed data (use db:reset to also drop the db first)
rake db:structure:dump  # Dump the database structure to db/structure.sql. Specify another file with DB_STRUCTURE=db/my_structure.sql
rake db:version         # Retrieves the current schema version number

This has been a nice little time-saver for me, so I hope you get similar mileage.


4 Responses
Add your response

One refinement... if you want to see all of the db commands, you need to add -A.

rake -T -A db

More explanation:

over 1 year ago ·

@slothbear - Good suggestion, as I didn't notice that some tasks were missing. Unfortunately, that didn't work on my system, though (OS X):

☺ rake -T -A db
invalid option: -A
chip@macbook ~/code/project 1.9.3-p194 [master]
☹ rake -V      
rake, version
over 1 year ago ·

Good catch. the --all (-A) switch was added in Rake 10. Also my arguments weren't ordered correctly. Since the --tasks switch takes an argument, the command should look like this:
rake -T db -A

over 1 year ago ·

Great, thank you. I used to run: rake -T | grep db.

over 1 year ago ·