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Remove, Uninstall, Delete Turbolinks in Rails 4

Written By Corlew Solutions
Updated February 13, 2014
Published February 13, 2014
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Article Technology Info

This article discusses the following technologies:

  • Turbolinks - A Ruby on Rails gem that makes following links in your web application faster.

Supporting Editors & Tools

The following tools are used in this article:

  • Ruby on Rails - An open source web application framework written in Ruby. (website | docs)

In Rails 4 the Turbolinks gem is included by default for all new projects and it comes with some challenges. While Turbolinks can drastically improve performance for the right type of application, it changes the request/response model many developers expect to be present. In it’s place, it forces a Rails app to function more like a single-page web app where JavaScript state remains between requests.

This decision is similar to Microsoft’s choice to push a radically different (and incomplete) Windows 8 product on their loyal fans. The Rails team has been carving out functionality from Rails core and placing it into separate gems for code they don’t believe is used by the majority of apps. Turbolinks is a valuable resource to have if an app calls for it, but why force this upon apps that don’t need it?

Fortunately, removing Turbolinks is dirt simple. First, open your Gemfile and remove the Turbolinks gem:

gem turbolinks

Second, open your application.js file and remove:

//= require turbolinks

Last, open up your application.js file and remove the two references to “data-turbolinks-track” => true:

  <%= stylesheet_link_tag    "application", media: "all", "data-turbolinks-track" => true %>
  <%= javascript_include_tag "application", "data-turbolinks-track" => true %>

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