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Breadcrumbs Rails helper. Built on url_for, your routes, model names and i18n.

tag: v0.1.0

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Breadcrumbs for Rails made right.


gem install breadcrumbs_for


Was tested with Rails 3.0.0


Let say:

  • You have a Blog and Post models in your app.

  • Posts are nested in Blogs.

  • You have :admin namespace to manage them.

  • Blog and Post have a 'title' or 'name' methods


breadcrumbs_for :blogs                         # Home / Blogs
breadcrumbs_for :blogs, 'new'                  # Home / Blogs / New
breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog                  # Home / Blogs / My blog
breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog, 'edit'          # Home / Blogs / My blog / Edit
breadcrumbs_for @blog                          # Home / My blog
breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog, [@blog, @post]  # Home / Blogs / My blog / My Post

breadcrumbs_for [:admin,:blogs], [:admin, @blog]
breadcrumbs_for [:admin,:blogs], ['edit', :admin, @blog, @post]
breadcrumbs_for [:admin,:blogs], [:admin, @blog], ['edit', :admin, @blog, @post]


Note: There is a shorter alias crumbs_for, so you can do:

crumbs_for :blogs, @blog

You can even do the following:

breadcrumbs_for {:controller=>'blogs', :action=>'index', :crumb=>'All Blogs'}, @blog

Note on :crumb=>'All Blogs'. Here you need to provide the breadcrumb caption text directly via the :crumb key.

If you have an admin_path in your routes you can do:

breadcrumbs_for :admin, [:admin,:blogs], ['new', :admin, @blog], :crumbs_options=>{:root=>false}


  • Don't inculde the Home(root) link:

breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog, :crumbs_options=>{:root=>false}
  • By default breadcrumbs are rendered as a ul(html unorderd list). You can disable this:

breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog, :crumbs_options=>{:type=>:plain}
  • The default separator is /. Chage it:

breadcrumbs_for :blogs, @blog, :crumbs_options=>{:sep=>'→'}

Custom captions and i18n

Define captions for breadcrumbs in your locale file:

   root: 'Home'
     new: 'Add new'
     edit: 'Edit one'
     admin: 'Manage'
     blogs: 'The blogs'
     posts: 'The posts'

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

((*Patches/Pull Requests are welcome!*))

  • Fork the project.

  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.

  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)

  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright © 2010 Dmitry Naumov. Released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

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