Provides a simple way to add rating functionality to your application.
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Ajaxful Rating

Provides a simple way to add rating functionality to your application. (Modified to allow ‘dimensional’ ratings, or ratings for multiple dimensions of a single model. Note: cached ratings don’t work in this fork.)


Find it at



To install the plugin:
script/plugin install git://


script/generate ajaxful_rating UserModelName

The generator takes one argument: UserModelName, which is the name of your current
user model. This is necessary to link both the rate and user models.

Also this generator copies the necesary images, styles, etc.


I suppose you have generated already an authenticated model. script/generate authenticated user sessions script/generate ajaxful_rating user

So this call will create a Rate model and will link it to your User model.


To let a model be rateable just add ajaxful_rateable. You can pass a hash of options to
customise this call:

  • :stars Max number of stars that can be submitted.
  • :allow_update Set to true if you want users to be able to update their votes.
  • :cache_column Name of the column for storing the cached rating average.
  • :dimensions Array of dimensions (strings)

class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
ajaxful_rateable :stars => 10

Or, if you want to use dimensions, something like:

	class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
	  ajaxful_rateable :dimensions => ['spelling', 'creativity']

Then you need to add a call ajaxful_rater in the user model. This includes a simple line so
you can add it by your own as well (has_many :rates).

class User < ActiveRecord::Base

Finally, as a mere recomendation to make it even easier, modify your routes to
map a rate action:

map.resources :articles, :member => {:rate => :post}

Use it

To add the star links you need to call the helper method ratings_for.
It tries to call current_user method as the rater instance. You can pass :static as the second param to display only the static stars (not clickables).

  1. show.html.erb
    <%= ratings_for @article %>
  1. To display static stars:
    <%= ratings_for @article, :static %>

Or you can specify a custom user instance by passing it as parameter.

<%= ratings_for @article, @user %>

There’s a condition here, if you didn’t add the route rate to your resource
(as shown above) or you named it different, you’ll need to pass the url to the
correct action in your controller:

<%= ratings_for article, :remote_options => {:url => your_rate_path(article)} %>

To display the ratings for a particular dimension:

<%= ratings_for @article, :dimension => ‘spelling’ %>

This will use only ratings on the article that have the string ‘spelling’ set as their dimension column.

To display the stars properly you need to add a call in the head of your layout, which will generate the
required CSS style for the list. Also don’t forget to include the javascripts.

  1. within the head tags of your layout…
    <%= javascript_include_tag :defaults >
    <= ajaxful_rating_style %>

When a user submits a rating it will call the action in your controller, for
example (if you added the rate route):

def rate
@article = Article.find(params[:id])
@article.rate(params[:stars], current_user)
id = “ajaxful-rating-article-#{}”
render :update do |page|
page.replace_html id, ratings_for(@article, :static, :wrap => false)
page.insert_html :bottom, id, “Thanks for rating!”
page.visual_effect :highlight, id

Or, to add a rating on a dimension:

@article.rate(params[:stars], current_user, ‘spelling’)

There are some more options for this helper, please see the rdoc for details.


If you use the plugin inside a namespace you’ll need to specify the rating url which should points to a controller inside a namespace. Your files should be like these:

map.namespace :admin do |admin|
admin.resources :articles, :member => {:rate => :post}

<%= ratings_for article, :remote_options => {:url => rate_admin_article_path(article)} %>


To cache the model’s rating average add a column named rating_average to your model table:

class AddRatingAverageToArticles < ActiveRecord::Migration
def self.up
add_column :articles, :rating_average, :decimal, :default => 0

def self.down
remove_column :articles, :rating_average

If you want to customise the name of the cache column just pass it in the options hash:

class Article < ActiveRecord::Base
ajaxful_rateable :cache_column => :my_cached_rating

To use caching with dimensions, make sure you have a cache column defined for each dimension you want cached. So if you want to cache the spelling dimension, you’ll need to have a column called rating_average_spelling on the articles table. If you use a custom cache column name, follow the pattern @cache_column_name@_@dimension_name@ to add cache columns for dimensions.

About backwards compatibility

Version 2.0 of the plugin works only from Rails 2.2 and on. It uses the module I18n which is new in rails 2.2. Please note that you can use it in past versions as long as you customise the source code.

I decided to jump directly to version 2.0 because there are many important changes. You can always
checkout the version 1.0 from the repository though.


If you find bugs please open a ticket at

I’ll really appreciate your feedback, please contact me at edgar.js[at]


The helper’s style is from komodomedia with author’s permission.

If you need the psd files of the stars you can grab them here


This code is released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.