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Rails plugin to conveniently handle multiple models in a single form.
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Nested Form

A Rails gem to conveniently manage multiple nested models in a single form. It does so in an unobtrusive way through jQuery.

To learn more about how this works under the hood:


Add it to your Gemfile

gem "nested_form", :git => "git://"


bundle install

Run the generator

rails generate nested_form:install


Running the generator will add a file at public/javascripts/nested_form.js which should be included after jQuery.

<%= javascript_include_tag 'jquery', 'nested_form' %>

You can then generate a nested form using the nested_form_for helper method.

<%= nested_form_for @project do |f| %>

Use this form just like normal, including the fields_for helper method for nesting models. The benefit of this plugin comes from the link_to_add and link_to_remove helper methods on the form builder.

<%= f.fields_for :tasks do |task_form| %>
  <%= task_form.text_field :name %>
  <%= task_form.link_to_remove "Remove this task" %>
<% end %>
<%= f.link_to_add "Add a task", :tasks %>

This generates links which dynamically add and remove fields.


It is often desirable to move the nested fields into a partial to keep things organized. If you don't supply a block to fields_for it will look for a partial and use that.

<%= f.fields_for :tasks %>

In this case it will look for a partial called “task_fields” and pass the form builder as an f variable to it.

Special Thanks

This gem is based on the plugin by Ryan Bates:

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