Adding the current_user to an imported CSV in Rails 6

December 31, 2019

I worked through the GoRails videos on importing and exporting CSV and they were wonderful. If you’re stuck I’d highly recommend checking them out. \

I wanted to customize my implementation a bit by adding a current user and their team to the csv import so they’d go to the right place. However, since the videos covered a more generic implementation, the rest was up to me. I got stuck on this part for a while so I’m posting it here just in case anyone else on the interweb runs into the same problem (hello, internet citizens!).

My strategy that I landed up using was to create hidden fields in the form where the file is uploaded and then use those parameters when importing so I could add them then. Passing an instance variable like current_user does not work in the model. Now I know!

In my controller:

Here’s items_controller.rb:

def import

@import = item_import_params

redirect_to root_path, notice: "Imported #{@import.imported_count} items"


    @items = Item.where('team_id = ?', current_user.team_id)
    flash[:alert] = "There were #{@import.errors.count} errors with your csv file"

    render action: :index


In private in the items controller:

def item_import_params
     params.require(:item_import).permit(:file, :user_id, :team_id)

In the index method of my controller:

@import =

In my view:

    <%= form_for @import, url: import_items_path, multipart: true do |f| %>
      <% if @import.errors.any? %>
        <div class="alert alert-error">
          <% @import.errors.full_messages.each do |msg| %>
            <div> <%= msg %></div>
          <% end %>
      <% end %>
      <%= f.file_field :file %>
      <%= f.hidden_field(:user_id, :value => %>
      <%= f.hidden_field(:team_id, :value => @team) %>
      <%= f.submit "Upload" %>
    <% end %>

In models/item/import/rb:

class Item::Import
include ActiveModel::Model

attr_accessor :file, :imported_count, :user_id, :team_id

# process csv file def process! @imported_count = 0 table =, {headers: true, col_sep: “,”})
# Add another col, row by row: table.each do |row| row[“user_id”] = user_id row[“team_id”] = team_id end # write to file, “w”) do |f| f « table.headers table.each{|row| f « row} end CSV.foreach(file.path, headers: true, header_converters: :symbol) do |row| item = Item.assign_from_row(row) if @imported_count += 1 else errors.add(:base, “Line #{$.} - #{item.errors.full_messages.join(“,”)}”) #puts “#{} - #{item.errors.full_messages.join(“,”)}” if item.errors.any? end end end

  def save

In my items model:

def self.assign_from_row(row)
   item = Item.where(name: row[:name]).first_or_initialize
   item.assign_attributes row.to_hash.slice(:board_id, :team_id, :user_id)