Patch #29190


Add link to container on attachment preview

Added by Gregor Schmidt over 5 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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When displaying the attachment preview, there's currently no on-page way to navigate back to the attachment container. We're relying on the browser back button here, which might be impossible, if somebody followed a direct link to the attachment.

The reason, why this is currently not implemented, is probably because attachments may belong to many different Redmine records types and generating a link is therefore not straight forward. Also, plugins may bring their own attachable objects, which need to be considered.


The attached patch, adds a general link_to_record helper, which would generate general purpose links to any object within in Redmine. This is further refined with the link_to_attachment_container helper, which behaves slightly different for projects and versions. link_to_record for projects links to the project overview, link_to_attachment_container links to the files tab.

This method can then be used on the attachment view, to link to the proper container.

These new methods are currently implemented for all records within Redmine core, which are either attachable or customizable (since Redmine 4.0 will also support file custom fields).


The methods are implemented via an Hash of Procs. This should enable plugin authors to extend them easily, if their records can have attachments as well.

In the future, link_to_record may be further extended to support all Redmine records. It may then become a general purpose helper for whenever a generic link to an object is needed.


The patch provides tests for the new helpers. Futhermore, one other integration test needed to change, since the tested view is now slightly different.


This is how it would look like:


Related issues

Has duplicate Redmine - Feature #20422: Backlink for thumbnail-macroClosed

Actions #1

Updated by Gregor Schmidt over 5 years ago

This patch also handles file custom field attachments for groups. In theory this would not be necessary, since there is no UI to navigate to such an attachment. Therefore I've also proposed #29189, which would add this UI.

Actions #2

Updated by Go MAEDA over 5 years ago

  • Target version set to Candidate for next major release

It is a nice improvement! I have been annoyed for a long time that there is no way to know/see the container object of an attachment.

Actions #3

Updated by Gregor Schmidt over 5 years ago

Yes, this was also a common source of questions for Planio customers.

Actions #4

Updated by Marius BÄ‚LTEANU over 5 years ago

+ 1

Actions #5

Updated by Go MAEDA over 5 years ago

  • Target version changed from Candidate for next major release to 4.1.0
Actions #6

Updated by Go MAEDA over 5 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Closed
  • Assignee set to Go MAEDA
  • Target version changed from 4.1.0 to 4.0.0

Committed. Thank you for improving Redmine.

Actions #7

Updated by Go MAEDA over 4 years ago


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