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When Rails InvalidAuthenticityToken Happens

InvalidAuthenticityToken happens if you enabled protect_from_forgery but does not handle token well.

If you use the jquery-ujs library the content of that meta tag is automatically added (as a request header) to any ajax requests made.

jquery-ujs add a ajax filter to append token to parameter

// ajaxPrefilter is a jquery method
$.ajaxPrefilter(function(options, originalOptions, xhr) {
  if ( !options.crossDomain ) { rails.CSRFProtection(xhr); }

Note: Only HTML and JavaScript requests are checked. See more about ActionController::RequestForgeryProtection in rails API.


Always import jquery-ujs when enabled protect_from_forgery And put <%= csrf_meta_tags %> in page head.