text_area_tag(name, content = nil, options = {}) public

Creates a text input area; use a textarea for longer text inputs such as blog posts or descriptions.


  • :size - A string specifying the dimensions (columns by rows) of the textarea (e.g., "25x10").
  • :rows - Specify the number of rows in the textarea
  • :cols - Specify the number of columns in the textarea
  • :disabled - If set to true, the user will not be able to use this input.
  • :escape - By default, the contents of the text input are HTML escaped. If you need unescaped contents, set this to false.
  • Any other key creates standard HTML attributes for the tag.


  text_area_tag 'post'
  # => <textarea id="post" name="post"></textarea>

  text_area_tag 'bio', @user.bio
  # => <textarea id="bio" name="bio">This is my biography.</textarea>

  text_area_tag 'body', nil, :rows => 10, :cols => 25
  # => <textarea cols="25" id="body" name="body" rows="10"></textarea>

  text_area_tag 'body', nil, :size => "25x10"
  # => <textarea name="body" id="body" cols="25" rows="10"></textarea>

  text_area_tag 'description', "Description goes here.", :disabled => true
  # => <textarea disabled="disabled" id="description" name="description">Description goes here.</textarea>

  text_area_tag 'comment', nil, :class => 'comment_input'
  # => <textarea class="comment_input" id="comment" name="comment"></textarea>
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