Active Record has_one through

I have two tables in my app which I am attempting to relate through a
join table. The Artist class which uses 'has_many through', works as
expected. However, the Event class using 'has_one through', brings back

class Artist < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :artist_events, dependent: :destroy
  has_many :events, through: :artist_events

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :artist_event
  has_one :artist, through: :artist_events

class ArtistEvent < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :artist
  belongs_to :event

In irb i get all events for an artist with "" (where a =
Artist.first). But e.artist returns 'nil'. Whats strange is that
a.artist_event returns nill as well. However, when I run a 'find_by' on
the artist_event table and use, the artist_event is returned.

I have tried changing the Event class to use has_one as opposed to
belongs_to, without effect.

What am I missing? Do I need to have an index in the schema?

I have not done this but I think it should be
has_one :artist_event # to match ArtistEvent belongs_to event
has_one :artist through: artist_event # note, singular artist_event

However, in this scenario I don't think you need the join table at
all, why not just have
Artist has_many events
Event belongs_to artist


Something hasn’t been copied correctly here, because this shouldn’t work - the through refers to an association (artist_events) that doesn’t exist on Event.

As noted elsewhere, belongs_to is likely not the right association to use here; it’s expecting an ‘artist_event_id’ column on the ‘events’ table.

You’ll also want to carefully consider if has_one is the right association as well. The table structure you’ve set up (Artist / ArtistEvent / Event) is a classic many-to-many relationship. If an Event can truly only have one artist, this structure is not needed. If an Event can have many artists, than a has_one isn’t correct.

–Matt Jones

why dont you just do this....

class Artist < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :events, dependent: :destroy

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :artist

a = Artist.first which will return a list of events connected to that artist

e = Event.first
e.artist which will return the artist that is connected to that event.

Maybe explain what your user story is to better understand. With what
you posted I comprehended the statement above.

Turns out the event table needed to have an artist_id column. I was
attempting to use the join table without a reference to the artist

I dont know if that was the fix, because i also wrote a function in the
event model that used the artist_id to return artist data from the

I did try your suggestion when initially building the classes...but
again, without the artist_id in the event table, it failed.

class Event < ActiveRecord::Base
  has_many :city_events, dependent: :destroy

  validates :EventID, uniqueness: true

  def artist

  def city