Cookies are read and written through ActionController#cookies.

The cookies being read are the ones received along with the request, the cookies being written will be sent out with the response. Reading a cookie does not get the cookie object itself back, just the value it holds.

Examples for writing:

  # Sets a simple session cookie.
  cookies[:user_name] = "david"

  # Sets a cookie that expires in 1 hour.
  cookies[:login] = { :value => "XJ-122", :expires => 1.hour.from_now }

Examples for reading:

  cookies[:user_name] # => "david"
  cookies.size        # => 2

Example for deleting:

  cookies.delete :user_name

The option symbols for setting cookies are:

  • :value - The cookie’s value or list of values (as an array).
  • :path - The path for which this cookie applies. Defaults to the root of the application.
  • :domain - The domain for which this cookie applies.
  • :expires - The time at which this cookie expires, as a Time object.
  • :secure - Whether this cookie is a only transmitted to HTTPS servers. Default is false.
  • :http_only - Whether this cookie is accessible via scripting or only HTTP. Defaults to false.
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