Quick Tip: Override Rails Generated URLs

Override the default Ruby on Rails generated URLs for a resource. It is a quick and simple way to change your URLs without changing your code.

Posted by Curtis Miller on July 20, 2009

By default Ruby on Rails resources use the controller name for the URL. For example:

map.resources :time_entries

would yield the following URLs

What if you want them to be something else entirely? I guess you could rename your controller, update your routes.rb file and everywhere you use a URL helper... or, just use the "as" modifier!

map.resources :time_entries, :as => :time

now yields the following URLs

All of your existing uses of the URL helpers can remain the same and it will generate all URLs correctly. Quick, simple and painless!


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