# Friendly ID

FriendlyId is the "Swiss Army bulldozer" of slugging and permalink plugins for Active Record. It lets you create pretty URLs and work with human-friendly strings as if they were numeric ids. With FriendlyId, it's easy to make your application use URLs like:

http://example.com/states/washington (opens new window)

# Rails Quickstart

rails new my_app
cd my_app

# Gemfile

gem 'friendly_id', '~> 5.1.0' # Note: You MUST use 5.0.0 or greater for Rails 4.0+
rails generate friendly_id
rails generate scaffold user name:string slug:string:uniq
rake db:migrate

# edit app/models/user.rb

class User < ApplicationRecord
  extend FriendlyId
  friendly_id :name, use: :slugged

User.create! name: "Joe Schmoe"

# Change User.find to User.friendly.find in your controller


rails server
GET http://localhost:3000/users/joe-schmoe


# If you're adding FriendlyId to an existing app and need
# to generate slugs for existing users, do this from the
# console, runner, or add a Rake task:

Finders are no longer overridden by default. If you want to do friendly finds, you must do Model.friendly.find rather than Model.find. You can however restore FriendlyId 4-style finders by using the :finders addon

friendly_id :foo, use: :slugged # you must do MyClass.friendly.find('bar')
friendly_id :foo, use: [:slugged, :finders] # you can now do MyClass.find('bar')

A new "candidates" functionality which makes it easy to set up a list of alternate slugs that can be used to uniquely distinguish records, rather than appending a sequence. For example:

class Restaurant < ActiveRecord::Base
  extend FriendlyId
  friendly_id :slug_candidates, use: :slugged

  # Try building a slug based on the following fields in
  # increasing order of specificity.
  def slug_candidates
      [:name, :city],
      [:name, :street, :city],
      [:name, :street_number, :street, :city]

Set slug limit length using friendly_id gem?

def normalize_friendly_id(string)