Helper to display rails flash messages

Sep 2007

A simple code snippet for displaying your flash[:warning] = “Warning Message” messages in rails. Add the following to your application_helper.rb.

def flash_helper

    f_names = [:notice, :warning, :message]
    fl = ''

    for name in f_names
      if flash[name]
        fl = fl + "<div class=\"notice\">#{flash[name]}</div>"
    flash[name] = nil;
  return fl

To show all messages place this code in your view (rhtml).

<%= flash_helper %>

Also here’s some CSS to style the messages.

div.notice {
  margin-left: auto;
	margin-right: auto;
	text-align: center;
	width: 40%;
	border: 5px solid #ccc;
	margin-top: 50px;
	padding: 20px;
	font-weight: bold;