Mohammad Sadiq Shaikh Mohammad Sadiq Shaikh - 5 months ago 86
Ajax Question

How to Implement ajax pagination with will_paginate gem

I am using

will_paginate
gem in my
ROR
project to show the records in pages.

I want the next page to be loaded without reloading the whole page using
ajax
.

I found some examples on the net but they don't work for me.

How to do this?

Answer

Create a new helper (ex. app/helpers/will_paginate_helper.rb) with the following content:

module WillPaginateHelper
  class WillPaginateJSLinkRenderer < WillPaginate::ActionView::LinkRenderer
    def prepare(collection, options, template)
      options[:params] ||= {}
      options[:params]['_'] = nil
      super(collection, options, template)
    end

    protected
    def link(text, target, attributes = {})
      if target.is_a? Fixnum
        attributes[:rel] = rel_value(target)
        target = url(target)
      end

      @template.link_to(target, attributes.merge(remote: true)) do
        text.to_s.html_safe
      end
    end
  end

  def js_will_paginate(collection, options = {})
    will_paginate(collection, options.merge(:renderer => WillPaginateHelper::WillPaginateJSLinkRenderer))
  end
end

Then in your view use this tag for ajax pagination:

<%= js_will_paginate @recipes %>

Remember that the pagination links will include existing params of the url, you can exclude these as shown below. This is standard will paginate functionality:

<%= js_will_paginate @recipes, :params => { :my_excluded_param => nil } %>

Hope that solves your problem.

Update 1: Added a explanation of how this works to the original question where I posted this solution.

Update 2: I've made it Rails 4 compatible with remote: true links and renamed the helper method to js_will_paginate.

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