Rails 5: redirect_to :back is not working?

In earlier version of Rails (<5.0) we used redirect_to :back to go previous page. With this method we got ActionController::RedirectBackError error when HTTP_REFERRER is not present. This may happen when we refresh the page.

To fix this problem we have new method called redirect_back method as following:

redirect_back fallback_location: root_path

It will redirect to the previous path if HTTP_REFERRER found. If not found it will redirect to root path.


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