Paperclip with Rails for image manipulation

I used the spree e-Commerce CMS for checking or R&D of Spree code. Spree is the really nice and basic tool for e-Commerce CMS.

When i was going through Spree i got to know about paperclip plugin which is used for image manipulation. Earlier i used “attachment_fu” for image manipulation and file uploading in rails projects.

How to use “Paperclip

First install perperclip plugin to your project.

Windows and Linux user can use my code. (I used this in WindowsXP and Fedora 9)

#ruby script /plugin install

through this command perperclip get installed in your project folder.

Many time you need photo upload functionality for customer

Here i used Customer contoller and Customer model for this lession

First run following command

#ruby script/generate paperclip ModelName FieldName

In my case command is:

#ruby script/generate paperclip Customer customer_pic

One migration file will be created through this command. Run that migration.

In Customer model file paste this code:

class Customer < ActiveRecord::Base
# Paperclip
has_attached_file :customer_pic,
:styles => {
:thumb=> "100x100#",
:small => "150x150>" }

Using this command you will save three pic(photo) in your system folder.

Default upload url of peperclip is (RAILS_ROOT/public/system/…)

You can use following lines in your model file. (copy & paste this code under styles code)

:url => “/uploads/:class/:attachment/:id/:style_:basename.:extension”,
:path => “:rails_root/public/uploads/:class/:attachment/:id/:style_:basename.:extension”

I added uploads folder front on :class. That is optional you can remove also.

If you are already having forms for customer and if you want to add that to form. Just use this code in your form tag.

:html => { :multipart => true

and in from <%= f.file_field :customer_pic%>

That sit. you need to add or use following code in View

<%= image_tag @user.customer_pic.url %>

<%= image_tag @user.customer_pic.url(:thumb) %>

Paperclip Validations

Here i giving some validation for Paperclip. You need to just copy & paste in to your model where you want to use image upload.

validates_attachment_content_type :avatar, :content_type => 'image/jpeg'

validates_attachment_presence :avatar

I found this plugin is very usefull for Me. It really saves lots of time.

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