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Rails 6, Stimulus events

An action is a connection between:

  • a controller method
  • the controller’s element
  • a DOM event listener


// controllers/gallery_controller.js
import { Controller } from "stimulus"

export default class extends Controller {
  next(event) {
    alert("Justclick !!! :")
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<div data-controller="gallery">
  <button data-action="click->gallery#next">…</button>
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The data-action value click->gallery#next is called an action descriptor. In this descriptor:

  • click is the name of the DOM event to listen for
  • gallery is the controller identifier
  • next is the name of the method to invoke
The full set of these shorthand pairs is as follows:

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I hope that helps someone. Thanks :).

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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