Adds a handy toolbar to any Textile-enabled text area.
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Textile Toolbar

Adds a handy Textile toolbar to any text area. The toolbar currently offers the following functions:

  • Bold: select some text and click this button to make it bold.
  • Italic: select some text and click this button to make it italic.
  • Insert Hyperlink: select some text, click, enter URL, and link is inserted.
  • Insert Image: click, enter image URL, and image is inserted at cursor.

A link to a Textile reference page is also shown beside the toolbar.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'textile_toolbar'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install textile_toolbar


Use the textile_area helper where you would normally use the text_area helper. Yep, it's that simple!

<%= text_area :article, :body %>      # plain old text area
<%= textile_area :article, :body %>   # text area with Textile toolbar

Form blocks are supported, letting you do this also:

<% form_for :article do |f| -%>
  <%= f.textile_area :body %>
<% end -%>

Any options that can be passed to text_area can also be passed to textile_area. For example, to set the width and height:

<%= textile_area :article, :body, :rows => 5, :cols => 10 %>


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


  • Add specs for existing functionality
  • Incorporate live preview? See
  • More buttons (check PHP bulletin board)
  • Create Radiant extension for admin text areas
  • Convert textile_toolbar.js to jQuery


Repository: Blog: Author: Matthew Bass