Kirill Platonov
Kirill Platonov
Apr 26, 2019

Prevent opening Rails remote links in new tab

When you creating remote links in Rails usually you point them to JS actions and don’t expect that users will try to open that links in a new tab. But they will definitely try and you’ll get lots of ActionController::UnknownFormat errors. To prevent this use the following snippet:

const remoteLinks = Array.from(document.querySelectorAll("a[data-remote='true']"))
remoteLinks.forEach(function(element) {
  element.dataset.url = element.href
  element.href = "javascript:void(0);"

Rails.href = function(element) {
  return element.dataset.url || element.href

It will move actual url to data attribute and replace it with javascript:void(0); which prevents browsers from opening link in new tab. And Rails.href method will re-define how UJS pulls URL from remote link.

Put this snippet into you application.js and don’t forget to wrap it with document.addEventListener('turbolinks:load', function() {}) if you use Turbolinks.