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Every Rails page has footnotes that link give request information and link back to your source via TextMate [extracted from Rails TextMate bundle project]
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Footnotes plugin for Rails (v3.1)

If you are developing in Rails you should know the plugin!

It displays footnotes in your application for easy debugging, such as sessions, request parameters, cookies, log tail, filter chain and routes.

Even more, it contain links to open files directly in textmate and if Rails get an error, it appends Textmate links to the backtrace file lines.


The newest versions of the plugin only works in Rails 2.1 (including its RC). Scroll down to check how to install early versions.

If you just want a static copy of the plugin:

cd myapp
git clone git:// vendor/plugins/footnotes
rm -rf vendor/plugins/footnotes/.git

If you are using Git for your own app, then you could use Git sub-modules or the tool Braid.

Early versions

If you are running on Rails 2.0.x or Rails 1.x, you should use Footnotes v3.0:

cd myapp
git clone git:// vendor/plugins/footnotes
cd vendor/plugins/footnotes
git checkout v3.0
rm -rf ./.git

Remember that in Rails 1.x, after filters appear first than before filters in the Filters tab.

Original Author

Duane Johnson (


José Valim (


See MIT License.

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