For a recent project, I needed an easy, ready-to-go pagination plugin for a Rails application. In the past, I’d used will_paginate and Kaminari. (Kami means paper, but Kaminari may or may not translate to “Thunder.” Someone fill me in.) When I went to check on the health of the project, I saw that will_paginate was in a maintenance-only state and that Kaminari hadn’t seen an update in over a year. Rails is far from dead yet, so I went searching for an alternative and found Pagy.
I was skeptical of the performance claims made in the readme, but it sure looked promising, so I decided to give this gem a go. I decided I wanted to live on the edge, so I went ahead and added the latest version to my gemfile.
Pagy ended up at version ‘4.11.0’ at the time of this writing. After adding Pagy to your gemfile, run:
bundle update && bundle install
One of the more interesting things about Pagy, is that you need to add a configuration file to your application. Since I’m on Rails, I located it in config/initializers. You can find the file here. I simply grabbed the file with wget.
Next, you’ll need to include the Pagy backend. I went ahead and used my ApplicationController, since I plan to use this almost everywhere. In controllers/application_controller.rb, modify it to include the following:
class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
We need to add the pagy method to a controller action. If you’ve just scaffolded a controller, you’ll find a suitable use case in the index method. It probably looks like this:
@widgets = Widget.all
What we are going to do, is refactor it. This is just an example, so we’re going to grab all the widgets at once for simplicity.
@pagy_widgets, @widgets = pagy(Widget.all)
First step, we must include the frontend someplace, such as a helper:
Next, we add the links to our view. Pagy will figure our that @pagy_widgets paginates a bunch of @widgets in a for_each. (It’s magic!)
Because I am using HAML (which is like SLIM) you will see that I need to add a bang first. This will render your links.
Now, these links are pretty ugly. We are going to make them integrate better with Bootstrap. Uncomment require ‘pagy/extras/bootstrap’ in the pagy.rb initializer we downloaded earlier.
# Bootstrap extra: Add nav, nav_js and combo_nav_js helpers and templates for Bootstrap pagination
# See https://ddnexus.github.io/pagy/extras/bootstrap
# require 'pagy/extras/bootstrap'
You’ll see more frontend extras for Foundation, Materialize, and Bulma.
Don’t forget, you’ll need to restart your Rails development server or you’ll get an error – the changes haven’t been initialized yet.