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1 # FriendlyId
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3 [![Build Status](http://travis-ci.org/norman/friendly_id.png)](http://travis-ci.org/norman/friendly_id)
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5 FriendlyId is the "Swiss Army bulldozer" of slugging and permalink plugins for
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6 Ruby on Rails. It allows you to create pretty URL's and work with human-friendly
7 strings as if they were numeric ids for Active Record models.
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9 Using FriendlyId, it's easy to make your application use URL's like:
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11 http://example.com/states/washington
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13 instead of:
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15 http://example.com/states/4323454
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18 ## FriendlyId Features
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20 FriendlyId offers many advanced features, including: slug history and
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21 versioning, scoped slugs, reserved words, and custom slug generators.
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23 FriendlyId is compatible with Active Record **3.0** and **3.1**.
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25 ## Version 4.x
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27 FriendlyId 4.x introduces many changes incompatible with 3.x. If you're
28 upgrading, please [read the
29 docs](http://norman.github.com/friendly_id/file.WhatsNew.html) to see what's
30 new.
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32 ## Rails Quickstart
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34 gem install friendly_id
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36 rails new my_app
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38 cd my_app
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40 gem "friendly_id", "~> 4.0.0.beta8"
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43 rails generate scaffold user name:string slug:string
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45 # edit db/migrate/*_create_users.rb
46 add_index :users, :slug, :unique => true
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48 rake db:migrate
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50 # edit app/models/user.rb
51 class User < ActiveRecord::Base
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52 extend FriendlyId
53 friendly_id :name, :use => :slugged
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54 end
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56 User.create! :name => "Joe Schmoe"
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58 rails server
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60 GET http://localhost:3000/users/joe-schmoe
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62 ## Docs
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64 The current docs can be found
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65 [here](http://norman.github.com/friendly_id/)
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67 ## Benchmarks
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69 The latest benchmarks for FriendlyId are maintained
70 [here](https://gist.github.com/1129745).
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72
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73 ## Bugs
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75 Please report them on the [Github issue
76 tracker](http://github.com/norman/friendly_id/issues) for this project.
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78 If you have a bug to report, please include the following information:
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80 * **Version information for FriendlyId, Rails and Ruby.**
81 * Stack trace and error message.
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82 * Any snippets of relevant model, view or controller code that shows how you
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83 are using FriendlyId.
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85 If you are able to, it helps even more if you can fork FriendlyId on Github,
86 and add a test that reproduces the error you are experiencing.
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88 ## Credits
89
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90 FriendlyId was originally created by Norman Clarke and Adrian Mugnolo, with
91 significant help early in its life by Emilio Tagua. I'm deeply gratful for the
92 generous contributions over the years from [many
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93 volunteers](https://github.com/norman/friendly_id/contributors).
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95 Lastly, FriendlyId uses [Travis](http://travis-ci.org/) for continuous
96 integration. It's an excellent, free service created by a whole bunch of [good
97 people](https://github.com/travis-ci) - if you're not already using it, you
98 should be!
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100 Copyright (c) 2008-2011 Norman Clarke, released under the MIT license.
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