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Open a rails form with Twitter Bootstrap modals

This is a copy of my protip at

Sometimes we require to open a form or display information that opens up as modal windows, I will show you an easy way to do it using twitter bootstrap modals.
First make sure you added the bootstrap-sass gem to your gemfile and also used bundle to install the gem.

Also in your application.js include the calling to the bootstrap-modal javascript file in the following way:

//= require bootstrap-modal

Now in the routes.rb file add the route to the partial you want to show as modal, for example:

get "project/new_release" => 'project#new_release', :as => :new_release

In the controller add the respond_to block to use some ajax magic

  def new_release
    respond_to do |format|

In the calling view use a link_to helper in the following way:

<%= link_to 'Add release', new_release_path,  {:remote => true, 'data_toggle' =>  "modal", 'data-target' => '#modal-window'}  %>

We need to have a DIV in the calling view that will load the partial as the modal window, so we are having something like this:

<div id="modal-window" class="modal hide fade" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel" aria-hidden="true"></div>

We are going to put the partial form inside that div with jquery.
Make sure to have the partial, in this case should be a file named _new_release.html.erb, inside this you will have the content you want to show for example:

 <div class="modal-header">
    <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="modal" aria-hidden="true">×</button>
    <h3 id="myModalLabel">Modal header</h3>
  <div class="modal-body">
    **here comes whatever you want to show!**
  <div class="modal-footer">
    <button class="btn" data-dismiss="modal" aria-hidden="true">Close</button>
    <button class="btn btn-primary">Save changes</button>

Now we need some javascript to make this works, make a file named same way as the controller action but with the suffix .js.erb for this example should be:


And inside the file add the following:

$("#modal-window").html("<%= escape_javascript(render 'project/new_release') %>");

That’s it, now when you click on the link a nice modal will show up with a very clean fade effect. Hope this little snippet can be handy for you.