text_field(object_name, method, options = {}) public

Returns an input tag of the “text” type tailored for accessing a specified attribute (identified by method) on an object assigned to the template (identified by object). Additional options on the input tag can be passed as a hash with options. These options will be tagged onto the HTML as an HTML element attribute as in the example shown.


text_field(:post, :title, size: 20)
# => <input type="text" id="post_title" name="post[title]" size="20" value="#{@post.title}" />

text_field(:post, :title, class: "create_input")
# => <input type="text" id="post_title" name="post[title]" value="#{@post.title}" class="create_input" />

text_field(:post, :title,  maxlength: 30, class: "title_input")
# => <input type="text" id="post_title" name="post[title]" maxlength="30" size="30" value="#{@post.title}" class="title_input" />

text_field(:session, :user, onchange: "if ($('#session_user').val() === 'admin') { alert('Your login cannot be admin!'); }")
# => <input type="text" id="session_user" name="session[user]" value="#{@session.user}" onchange="if ($('#session_user').val() === 'admin') { alert('Your login cannot be admin!'); }"/>

text_field(:snippet, :code, size: 20, class: 'code_input')
# => <input type="text" id="snippet_code" name="snippet[code]" size="20" value="#{@snippet.code}" class="code_input" />
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December 16, 2008 - (v1.0.0 - v2.2.1)
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Force initial value

If you want to force an initial value for your text_field which is normally based on your object attribute value, you can use :

text_field :ecard, :sender, :value => 'contact@host.com'
October 21, 2013 - (v2.3.8)
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Found out you can't set the type to number

I am sure others have tried to do this but I thought I would add a not that tells ever one. You can’t use the type field in in rails 2.3. It is always set back to type => “text”

So if you are trying to set it to type => “number” it will not work. It always goes back to text. Sorry only way around this is to use a text_field_tag and set the type in that.

<%= text_field_tag :thing, type: "number" %>

Code above is the only way to set the type. in rails 3 you can just call number_field and it will work

January 6, 2009
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Alternative force initial value

@Bounga - Thanks for the suggestion. Didn’t know about that method. An alternative method I have used is just to assign the default value to the object in your controller. For example your “new” action might now look like:

def new
  @ecard = Ecard.new params[:ecard]
  @ecard.sender ||= 'contact@host.com'
April 14, 2009
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Re: Force initial value

An alternative to @eric_programmer’s would be to extract it entirely from the controller logic…

class Person
  def sender
    self[:sender] || 'contact@host.com'

There are a ton of ways to do it, but making this a business logic decision will let you get the same logic from any possible implementation angle. Scripts, web service, etc.

November 18, 2013
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BEWARE of options[:value] in a partial

No problem with new records however,

the following line will not display the current @ecard value on EDIT but ‘contact@host.com’.

text_field :ecard, :sender, :value => 'contact@host.com'

Don’t let your views take control, but if you insist:

text_field :ecard, :sender, :value => f.object.ecard.blank? ? 'contact@host.com' : f.object.ecard

This doesn’t make sense, since when this object was created they deleted the default, which made it blank. Why would they want it back?