In a Ruby on Rails application I want to have this routing:

  • for URL www.example.com/reports go to controller documents and action reports
  • for URL www.example.com/charts go to controller documents and action charts

In the routes.rb file I currently have:

scope controller: :documents do
  get 'reports' => :reports
  get 'charts'  => :charts

The code works as expected, but is there a way so I keep the code dry and don't repeat the action names?


2 Answers 2


You could do the following. (I assume you already have a resourceful route for your documents right?)

resources :documents do
  collection do 
    get 'reports'
    get 'charts'

To take advantage of the nested routing provided by rails (see the docs)

Which will generate the following urls:

           Prefix Verb   URI Pattern                                                                    Controller#Action
reports_documents GET    /documents/reports(.:format)                                                   documents#reports
 charts_documents GET    /documents/charts(.:format)                                                    documents#charts

If you don't have any resourceful route, you have to declare it like you already did. The only thing to do would be iterating over an array like this:

scope controller: :documents do
  %w(reports charts).each do |action|
    get action

But IMO this hurts the readability of the code, and is only necessary when dealing with a lot of routes.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Code dumps ('try this:') are not allowed as answers here. Please add what this does and why it is better than OPs solution. \$\endgroup\$
    – Daniel
    May 28, 2018 at 13:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Coal_ sorry, first time I do code review and not answering on stackoverflow. \$\endgroup\$
    – siegy22
    May 28, 2018 at 13:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Your example works. You're right about readability, but I was just wondering how to do it, as I tried but I was unable to make it work. \$\endgroup\$
    – True Soft
    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:25

If you choose to use non-restful actions, you will have to define all of the custom actions.


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