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to_xls plugin

This Rails plugin is the easiest way to export to Excel. It gives you the ability to call to_xls to a collection of activerecords (Array). The builder options are the same as to_json / to_xml, except for the :include.

NOTE: IMO I would use the to_csv plugin; it's more compatible. (


@users = User.all

# defaults are export headers and all fields

@users.to_xls(:only => [:last_name, :role])
@users.to_xls(:headers => false)
@users.to_xls(:except => [:last_name, :role])
@users.to_xls(:except => :role, :methods => :admin?)

Real life example

In config/initializers/mime_types.rb register the custom mime type.

Mime::Type.register "application/", :xls

In the controller where you want to export to excel, add the format.xls line.

class UserController < ApplicationController

def index @users = User.all

respond_to do |format| format.html format.xml { render :xml => @users } format.xls { send_data @users.to_xls } end end

def show… def new… def edit… def create… def update… def destroy…





./script/plugin install git://


Does not work on a single activerecord, ie, User.first.to_xls.

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