Logging request metadata

In Rails environment, every event is enhanced with the request metadata provided by rack server. This can help with debugging and building an audit log from events for the future use.


With default configuration metadata is enhanced by:

  • :remote_ip - IP of the HTTP client which issued the request.
  • :request_id - An unique ID of the request.

This metadata is included only for published events. So creating a new event instance by hand won't add metadata to it:

event = MyEvent.new(event_data)
event.metadata # empty, unless you provided your own data called 'metadata'.

If you publish an event, the special field called metadata will get filled in with request details:

event_store.publish_event(MyEvent.new(data: {foo: 'bar'}))

my_event = event_store.read_all_events(RailsEventStore::GLOBAL_STREAM).last

my_event.metadata[:remote_ip] # your IP
my_event.metadata[:request_id] # unique ID


You can configure which metadata you'd like to catch. To do so, you need to provide a lambda which takes Rack environment and returns a metadata hash/object.

This can be configurable using rails_event_store.request_metadata field in your Rails configuration.

You should set it up globally (config/application.rb) or locally for each environment (config/environments/test.rb, config/environments/development.rb, config/environments/production.rb, ...). If you don't provide your own, the default implementation will be used.

Here is an example of such configuration (in config/application.rb), replicating the default behaviour:

require File.expand_path('../boot', __FILE__)

require "rails"
# Pick the frameworks you want:
require "active_model/railtie"
require "active_job/railtie"
require "active_record/railtie"
require "action_controller/railtie"
require "action_mailer/railtie"
require "action_view/railtie"
require "rails/test_unit/railtie"


module YourAppName
  class Application < Rails::Application
    config.x.rails_event_store.request_metadata = -> (env) do
      request = ActionDispatch::Request.new(env)
      { remote_ip:  request.remote_ip,
        request_id: request.uuid,
    # ...

You can read more about your possible options by reading ActionDispatch::Request documentation.