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Using elasticsearch/searchkick to run a search bar via my navbar and show results in a search.html not index.html?

Rails • Asked by Omar Khedr

I just finished going over Chris's two great railscasts dealing with search. However, I wanted to put my search bar on my navbar so that whenever someone searches the results I will be taken to my search.html.erb within my books folder (similar to how Gorails works). I ran into an issue though, everytime I did a search I was taken to my books page [http://localhost:3000/books?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=travel] with no results being shown just my standard index showing all my books and was never taken to my search results page. I've listed all my relevant code below. If anyone can help me out would be super grateful. Thank you guys so much!


class Book < ApplicationRecord
    has_many :likes, :counter_cache => true
    has_many :users, through: :likes



class BooksController < ApplicationController
    before_action :authenticate_user!, only: [:new, :create]
  before_action :set_book, only: [:show, :edit, :update, :destroy, :share]

    def index
        @books = Book.all

    def search
    @booksearches =, "*"))

      def set_book
      @book = Book.find(params[:id])

    def book_params
      params.require(:book).permit(:title, :author, :avatar)


class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
  protect_from_forgery with: :exception

def search
    @booksearches =, "*"))



<!DOCTYPE html>
    <%= csrf_meta_tags %>    

    <%= stylesheet_link_tag    'application', media: 'all', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>
    <%= javascript_include_tag 'application', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />

  <body style="background-color: #f5f8fa; padding-top: 70px;" class="<%= @body_class %>">
<nav class="navbar navbar-default navbar-fixed-top">
    <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="bs-example-navbar-collapse-1">
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
                <%= form_tag books_path, method: :get do %>
                    <%= text_field_tag :q, nil, placeholder: "Search..." %>
                <% end %>

Researched, hacked through trial and error but was finally able to get it to work. If anyone else has a similar issue, I've outlined what worked for me below.

Three Steps

Add a post to your routes file so that a user can go to the search results page.
post 'books/search' => 'books#search', as: 'search_books'

2.Adjust your form_tag on your application.html.erb so that it can properly point to your search results page

<%= form_tag search_books_path do %>
<%= text_field_tag :q, nil, placeholder: "Search..." %>
<% end %>

In your search.html.erb make sure to list out your search results
<% @booksearches.each do |booksearch| %>

<%= link_to booksearch.title, booksearch %>

<% end %>

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