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A small gem that forces deleting an ActiveRecord instance/collection together with its/their associations


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'force-destroy'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install force-destroy


This gem automatically adds in the 2 methods below:

  • force_destroy!: helps you to delete an ActiveRecord instance together with its associations even if the callbacks return false or throw abort
  • force_destroy_all!: similar to force_destroy!, but instead of deleting only an ActiveRecord instance, it deletes an ActiveRecord collection


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. 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


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at 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.