Namespace
Methods
J
P
Instance Public methods
javascript_include_tag(*sources)

Returns an HTML script tag for each of the sourcesprovided.

Sources may be paths to JavaScript files. Relative paths are assumed to be relative to public/javascripts, full paths are assumed to be relative to the document root. Relative paths are idiomatic, use absolute paths only when needed.

When passing paths, the “.js” extension is optional.

If the application is not using the asset pipeline, to include the default JavaScript expansion pass :defaultsas source. By default, :defaultsloads jQuery, and that can be overridden in config/application.rb:

config.action_view.javascript_expansions[:defaults] = %w(foo.js bar.js)

When using :defaultsor :all, if an application.jsfile exists in public/javascripts it will be included as well at the end.

You can modify the HTML attributes of the script tag by passing a hash as the last argument.

Examples

javascript_include_tag "xmlhr"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/xmlhr.js?1284139606"></script>

javascript_include_tag "xmlhr.js"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/xmlhr.js?1284139606"></script>

javascript_include_tag "common.javascript", "/elsewhere/cools"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/common.javascript?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/elsewhere/cools.js?1423139606"></script>

javascript_include_tag "http://www.example.com/xmlhr"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.example.com/xmlhr"></script>

javascript_include_tag "http://www.example.com/xmlhr.js"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.example.com/xmlhr.js"></script>

javascript_include_tag :defaults
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/jquery.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/rails.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/application.js?1284139606"></script>

Note: The application.js file is only referenced if it exists

You can also include all JavaScripts in the javascripts directory using :allas the source:

javascript_include_tag :all
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/jquery.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/rails.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/shop.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/checkout.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/application.js?1284139606"></script>

Note that your defaults of choice will be included first, so they will be available to all subsequently included files.

If you want Rails to search in all the subdirectories under public/javascripts, you should explicitly set :recursive:

javascript_include_tag :all, :recursive => true

Caching multiple JavaScripts into one

You can also cache multiple JavaScripts into one file, which requires less HTTP connections to download and can better be compressed by gzip (leading to faster transfers). Caching will only happen if config.perform_cachingis set to true (which is the case by default for the Rails production environment, but not for the development environment).

Examples

# assuming config.perform_caching is false
javascript_include_tag :all, :cache => true
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/jquery.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/rails.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/shop.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/checkout.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/application.js?1284139606"></script>

# assuming config.perform_caching is true
javascript_include_tag :all, :cache => true
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/all.js?1344139789"></script>

# assuming config.perform_caching is false
javascript_include_tag "jquery", "cart", "checkout", :cache => "shop"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/jquery.js?1284139606"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/cart.js?1289139157"></script>
#    <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/checkout.js?1299139816"></script>

# assuming config.perform_caching is true
javascript_include_tag "jquery", "cart", "checkout", :cache => "shop"
# => <script type="text/javascript" src="/javascripts/shop.js?1299139816"></script>

The :recursiveoption is also available for caching:

javascript_include_tag :all, :cache => true, :recursive => true
# File actionpack/lib/action_view/helpers/asset_tag_helpers/javascript_tag_helpers.rb, line 186
def javascript_include_tag(*sources)
  @javascript_include ||= JavascriptIncludeTag.new(config, asset_paths)
  @javascript_include.include_tag(*sources)
end
javascript_path(source)

Computes the path to a javascript asset in the public javascripts directory. If the sourcefilename has no extension, .js will be appended (except for explicit URIs) Full paths from the document root will be passed through. Used internally by #javascript_include_tag to build the script path.

Examples

javascript_path "xmlhr"                              # => /javascripts/xmlhr.js
javascript_path "dir/xmlhr.js"                       # => /javascripts/dir/xmlhr.js
javascript_path "/dir/xmlhr"                         # => /dir/xmlhr.js
javascript_path "http://www.example.com/js/xmlhr"    # => http://www.example.com/js/xmlhr
javascript_path "http://www.example.com/js/xmlhr.js" # => http://www.example.com/js/xmlhr.js
Also aliased as: path_to_javascript
# File actionpack/lib/action_view/helpers/asset_tag_helpers/javascript_tag_helpers.rb, line 86
def javascript_path(source)
  asset_paths.compute_public_path(source, 'javascripts', :ext => 'js')
end
path_to_javascript(source)
Alias for: javascript_path