The flash provides a way to pass temporary objects between actions. Anything you place in the flash will be exposed to the very next action and then cleared out. This is a great way of doing notices and alerts, such as a create action that sets flash[:notice] = "Post successfully created" before redirecting to a display action that can then expose the flash to its template. Actually, that exposure is automatically done. Example:

  class PostsController < ActionController::Base
    def create
      # save post
      flash[:notice] = "Post successfully created"
      redirect_to posts_path(@post)

    def show
      # doesn't need to assign the flash notice to the template, that's done automatically

    <% if flash[:notice] %>
      <div class="notice"><%= flash[:notice] %></div>
    <% end %>

Since the notice and alert keys are a common idiom, convenience accessors are available:

  flash.alert = "You must be logged in"
  flash.notice = "Post successfully created"

This example just places a string in the flash, but you can put any object in there. And of course, you can put as many as you like at a time too. Just remember: They’ll be gone by the time the next action has been performed.

See docs on the FlashHash class for more details about the flash.

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