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= Captcha This captcha generator is based on the very fine work of Eric Methot (http://blogs.ericmethot.com/) all credit and thanks should go to him. This fork allows you to specify a file type for captcha image generation (png or gif). Using Captcha is a five step process 1. Install RMagick 2. Install the plugin 3. Generate a bunch of images off-line 4. Use the helper method(s) 5. Validate user input The plugin has been tested on OS X 10.5 using ImageMagick @6.4.1-8_0+q16 (via MacPorts) and the rmagick 2.5.2 gem. == Install RMagic Follow the instructions on their site: http://rmagick.rubyforge.org/install-faq.html == Install the plugin Installing the plugin as a submodule is as simple as issuing these commands from the root of your rails application directory: To add as a submodule git submodule add git://github.com/zendesk/captcha.git git submodule init git submodule update To update the submodule git pull git://github.com/zendesk/captcha.git master Or clone and make your own changes git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:zendesk/captcha.git Update: Using submodules is a headache to the extent where they're not really worth while. Go for script/plugin install instead for increased happiness. == Generate a bunch of images off-line The reason why you don't need to generate images on the fly is that they have been generated in advance and all you do is pick one at random. First, define a salt for your application, do this by setting the global variable CAPTCHA_SALT to a random string in e.g. your environment.rb CAPTCHA_SALT = 'Something really random here' Next, generate the images by running the following rake task, this takes a while: rake captcha:generate COUNT=250 This will create the '/public/system/captcha' directory if it doesn't already exist and put 250 randomly generated captcha images. You can specify the following parameters when running the rake task: COUNT - the number of images to generate, default 3 IMAGE_HEIGHT - the height of the captcha image in pixels, default 50 IMAGE_WIDTH - the width of the captcha image in pixels, default 260 CAPTCHA_LENGTH - the number of characters in the captcha, default 5 FILE_FORMAT - the file type of the captcha image (png or gif) == Use the helper methods In your forms all you need to do is: <%= captcha_block %> And add a little bit of CSS styling to get a nice looking captcha validation text field and image. If you don't like the way it's setup then use the other helper methods (see captcha_helper.rb), which are more granular. == Validate user input In your controller, you will need to do the following: PostController < ApplicationController validates_captcha def create ... if captcha_validated? ... else ... end end end That's it. Copyright (c) 2008 Zendesk, released under the MIT license