Action Text brings rich text content and editing to Rails. It includes the Trix editor that handles everything from formatting to links to quotes to lists to embedded images and galleries. The rich text content generated by the Trix editor is saved in its own RichText model that's associated with any existing Active Record model in the application. Any embedded images (or other attachments) are automatically stored using Active Storage and associated with the included RichText model.
Trix compared to other rich text editors
Most WYSIWYG editors are wrappers around HTML’s
execCommand APIs, designed by Microsoft to support live editing of web pages in Internet Explorer 5.5, and eventually reverse-engineered and copied by other browsers.
Trix sidesteps these inconsistencies by treating contenteditable as an I/O device: when input makes its way to the editor, Trix converts that input into an editing operation on its internal document model, then re-renders that document back into the editor. This gives Trix complete control over what happens after every keystroke, and avoids the need to use execCommand at all.
Assumes a Rails 6+ application with Active Storage and Webpacker installed.
Install the gem:
# Gemfile gem "actiontext", github: "rails/actiontext", require: "action_text" gem "image_processing", "~> 1.2" # for Active Storage variants
Install assets, npm dependency, and migrations:
rails action_text:install rails db:migrate
Adding a rich text field to an existing model:
# app/models/message.rb class Message < ApplicationRecord has_rich_text :content end
Then refer to this field in the form for the model:
<%# app/views/messages/_form.html.erb %> <%= form_with(model: message) do |form| %> … <div class="field"> <%= form.label :content %> <%= form.rich_text_area :content %> </div> … <% end %>
And finally display the sanitized rich text on a page:
<%= @message.content %>
To accept the rich text content, all you have to do is permit the referenced attribute:
class MessagesController < ApplicationController def create message = Message.create! params.require(:message).permit(:title, :content) redirect_to message end end
By default, the Action Text editor and content is styled by the Trix defaults. If you want to change these defaults, you'll want to remove the
app/assets/stylesheets/actiontext.css linker and base your stylings on the contents of that file.
You can also style the HTML used for embedded images and other attachments (known as blobs). On installation, Action Text will copy over a partial to
app/views/active_storage/blobs/_blob.html.erb, which you can specialize.
Development road map
Action Text is destined for inclusion in Rails 6, which is due to be released some time in 2019. We will refine the framework in this separate rails/actiontext repository until we're ready to promote it via a pull request to rails/rails.
Action Text is released under the MIT License.