Batch Actions

By default, the index page provides you a “Batch Action” to quickly delete records, as well as an API for you to easily create your own. Note that if you override the default index, you must add selectable_column back for batch actions to be usable:

ruby index do selectable_column # ... end

Creating your own

Use the batch_action DSL method to create your own. It behaves just like a controller method, so you can send the client whatever data you like. Your block is passed an array of the record IDs that the user selected, so you can perform your desired batch action on all of them:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :flag do |ids| Post.find(ids).each do |post| post.flag! :hot end redirect_to collection_path, alert: "The posts have been flagged." end end

Disabling Batch Actions

You can disable batch actions at the application, namespace, or resource level:

```ruby # config/initializers/active_admin.rb ActiveAdmin.setup do |config|

# Application level: config.batch_actions = false

# Namespace level: config.namespace :admin do |admin| admin.batch_actions = false end end


ActiveAdmin.register Post do

# Resource level: config.batch_actions = false end ```


If you want, you can override the default batch action to do whatever you want:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :destroy do |ids| redirect_to collection_path, alert: "Didn't really delete these!" end end


You can remove batch actions by simply passing false as the second parameter:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :destroy, false end

Conditional display

You can control whether or not the batch action is available via the :if option, which is executed in the view context.

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :flag, if: proc{ can? :flag, Post } do |ids| # ... end end

Priority in the drop-down menu

You can change the order of batch actions through the :priority option:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :destroy, priority: 1 do |ids| # ... end end

Confirmation prompt

You can pass a custom string to prompt the user with:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :destroy, confirm: "Are you sure??" do |ids| # ... end end

Batch Action forms

If you want to capture input from the user as they perform a batch action, Active Admin has just the thing for you:

ruby batch_action :flag, form: { type: %w[Offensive Spam Other], reason: :text, notes: :textarea, hide: :checkbox, date: :datepicker } do |ids, inputs| # inputs is a hash of all the form fields you requested redirect_to collection_path, notice: [ids, inputs].to_s end

If you pass a nested array, it will behave just like Formtastic would, with the first element being the text displayed and the second element being the value.

ruby batch_action :doit, form: {user: [['Jake',2], ['Mary',3]]} do |ids, inputs| User.find(inputs[:user]) # ... end

When you have dynamic form inputs you can pass a proc instead:

ruby # NOTE: multi-pluck is new to Rails 4 batch_action :doit, form: ->{{user: User.pluck(:name, :id)}} do |ids, inputs| User.find(inputs[:user]) # ... end

Under the covers this is powered by the JS ActiveAdmin.modal_dialog which you can use yourself:

coffee if $('body.admin_users').length $('a[data-prompt]').click -> AA.modal_dialog $(@).data('prompt'), comment: 'textarea', (inputs)=> $.post "/admin/users/#{$(@).data 'id'}/change_state", comment: inputs.comment, state: $(@).data('state'), success: -> window.location.reload()


By default, the name of the batch action will be used to lookup a label for the menu. It will lookup in active_admin.batch_actions.labels.#{your_batch_action}.

So this:

ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do batch_action :publish do |ids| # ... end end

Can be translated with:

yaml # config/locales/en.yml en: active_admin: batch_actions: labels: publish: "Publish"

Support for other index types

You can easily use batch_action in the other index views, Grid, Block, and Blog; however, these will require custom styling to fit your needs.

```ruby ActiveAdmin.register Post do

# By default, the “Delete” batch action is provided

# Index as Grid index as: :grid do |post| resource_selection_cell post h2 auto_link post end

# Index as Blog requires nothing special

# Index as Block index as: :block do |post| div for: post do resource_selection_cell post end end

end ```


In order to perform the batch action, the entire Table, Grid, etc. is wrapped in a form that submits the IDs of the selected rows to your batch_action.

Since nested <form> tags in HTML often results in unexpected behavior, you may need to modify the custom behavior you’ve built using to prevent conflicts.

Specifically, if you are using HTTP methods like PUT or PATCH with a custom form on your index page this may result in your batch action being PUTed instead of POSTed which will create a routing error. You can get around this by either moving the nested form to another page or using a POST so it doesn’t override the batch action. As well, behavior may vary by browser.