comments url helper - using rails - LinkBot?

K... This seems pretty straight forward, but it's not standardized, it would seem. I've only been looking for a few hours, but hopefully someone here can point me in the right direction.

So, an instance of an Object has a description. Object has_many comments. If a user posts a URL in one of those fields, , for instance. As I'm typing this, I see below that somehow, something knew to convert that to a clickable link. I'd like to take that a step further. I'd like to see that same link transformed into just the main url, but still the actual link, a la foodnetwork.

Can rails do something like that on the fly? Is there a gem for something like that? Should I set out to make aforementioned link_bot gem?

After some pointers in the right direction, I went with a helper method, as playing in the model wasn't working. View:

<% if object.comments.any? %>
  <% object.comments.each do |comment| %>
    <div class='comment block'>
      <div class='comment user'>
        <%= first_name(comment.user) %>
        <span class='comment time'><%= time_ago_in_words(comment.created_at) %> ago</span>
      <div class='comment content'>&nbsp;&nbsp;
        &nbsp;&nbsp;<%= parse_links(comment.content) %>
  <% end %>
<% end %>

In a helper:

def parse_links(comment)
  auto_link(comment, html: {target: '_blank'}) do |text|



You should try the auto_link gem.

They give an example of playing around with the link text:

post_body = "Welcome to my new blog at  Please e-mail me at"
auto_link(post_body, :html => { :target => '_blank' }) do |text|
  truncate(text, 15)
# => "Welcome to my new blog at <a href=\"\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.m...</a>.

Try this:

<%= auto_link(comment.content, html: {target: '_blank'}) do |text| %>
   # if URI.parse(text).host doesn't work try a regex:
   <%= text.match(/http:\/\/([^\/]*).*/)[1] %> # is there a better way to do this regex?
   # also try just <% instead of <%= if you get weird outputs.
<% end %>

If you get any errors add them to your question.

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