Ruby: load code


ruby代码加载依靠$LOAD_PATH$:$LOAD_PATH是一个string array储存对应加载代码的文件目录,启动时会依据$LOAD_PATH寻找并加载代码。

Kernel.load(filename, wrap=false) → true

Loads and executes the Ruby program in the file filename. If the filename does not resolve to an absolute path, the file is searched for in the library directories listed in $:. If the optional wrap parameter is true, the loaded script will be executed under an anonymous module, protecting the calling program’s global namespace. In no circumstance will any local variables in the loaded file be propagated to the loading environment.

load 每次都会重新加载整个文件,并重新执行里面代码,加载类或者其他。防止污染顶层作用域,可以传入参数true,这样代码会被一个匿名模块包裹并执行。

load './example.rb'
load './example.rb', true

Fake Load Code

def fake_load(file)

Fake Load With Anonymous Module

def fake_load(file)

Kernel.autoload(module, filename) → nil

Registers filename to be loaded (using Kernel::require) the first time that module (which may be a String or a symbol) is accessed.

autoload :Calendar, './calendar.rb'


Loads the given name, returning true if successful and false if the feature is already loaded.

If the filename does not resolve to an absolute path, it will be searched for in the directories listed in $LOAD_PATH ($:).

If the filename has the extension “.rb”, it is loaded as a source file; if the extension is “.so”, “.o”, or “.dll”, or the default shared library extension on the current platform, Ruby loads the shared library as a Ruby extension. Otherwise, Ruby tries adding “.rb”, “.so”, and so on to the name until found. If the file named cannot be found, a LoadError will be raised. For Ruby extensions the filename given may use any shared library extension. For example, on Linux the socket extension is “” and require ‘socket.dll’ will load the socket extension.

The absolute path of the loaded file is added to $LOADED_FEATURES ($”). A file will not be loaded again if its path already appears in $”. For example, require ‘a’; require ‘./a’ will not load a.rb again.

Any constants or globals within the loaded source file will be available in the calling program’s global namespace. However, local variables will not be propagated to the loading environment.

require "my-library.rb"
require "db-driver"

Kernel.require_relative(string) → true or false

Ruby tries to load the library named string relative to the requiring file’s path. If the file’s path cannot be determined a LoadError is raised. If a file is loaded true is returned and false otherwise.

require_relative 'calendar.rb'


Kernel document

Ways to load code

Ruby 内核类加载

Rails 中的类加载机制