Rails Tutorials, Examples, and Starter Applications

by Daniel Kehoe

Last updated 17 June 2014

A list of recommended Rails tutorials with example applications. Also starter applications that can be customized for your own project.

If You Are New to Rails

If you’re new to Rails, see What is Ruby on Rails?, the book Learn Ruby on Rails, and recommendations for a Rails tutorial.

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What is the RailsApps Project?

This is an article from the RailsApps project. The RailsApps project provides example applications that developers use as starter apps. Hundreds of developers use the apps, report problems as they arise, and propose solutions. Rails changes frequently; each application is known to work and serves as your personal “reference implementation.” Each application is accompanied by a tutorial so there is no mystery code. Support for the project comes from subscribers. Please accept our invitation to join the RailsApps project.

Rails Composer Starter Applications

These example applications are created using the Rails Composer tool.

Example Applications for Rails 4.2 Tutorial Comments
Learn Rails Learn Ruby on Rails introduction to Rails for beginners
Rails and Bootstrap Rails Bootstrap Tutorial starter app for Rails and Bootstrap
Rails and Foundation Rails Foundation Tutorial starter app for Rails and Zurb Foundation
Mailing List with Active Job Mailing List with Active Job Tutorial background processing
OmniAuth and Rails OmniAuth Tutorial OmniAuth for authentication
Devise and Rails Devise Tutorial Devise for authentication
Role-Based Authorization Role-Based Authorization Tutorial Simple authorization
Pundit and Rails Rails Pundit Tutorial Pundit for authorization
Sign Up and Download Sign Up and Download Tutorial Devise with authorization to download a PDF file
Stripe Checkout Stripe Checkout Tutorial selling a product with Stripe Checkout

Other Starter Apps

These are notable; there are many more! Clone these repositories and edit the files to create your own starter app.

Author Project Comments
Joe Johnston rails4-starterkit Rails 4.1, Bootstrap or Foundation, Devise, RailsAdmin, RSpec, etc.
Joshua Muheim base Rails 4, Slim, RSpec, Devise, Cancancan, Bootstrap, etc.
diowa ruby2-rails4-bootstrap-heroku Rails 4, Haml, RSpec, PostgreSQL, Bootstrap, etc.
Nilesh Trivedi rails-starter-app Rails 4, OmniAuth, RSpec, PostgreSQL, Twitter Bootstrap., etc.
Andi Altendorfer Community Base Application Devise, OmniAuth, Mongoid, CanCan, Paperclip, etc.
W.R. de Vos rails_template Devise, Oauth with Facebook and Google login, Mongoid, Cancan, Carrierwave, Rspec, Cucumber
Rendered Text BaseApp PostgreSQL, jQuery, RSpec, Cucumber, Devise, FB login, admin system
Stefan Wienert Rails-3.1-BaseApp
Ryan Weald Base-Rails-3.1-App
Kamil Wdowicz Template3.1
Hugo Dias RailStrap Twitter Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate
Brian Dear Brian’s Basic Rails Starter Template Haml, PostgreSQL
Adam Loving Rails Bootstrap Slim, Compass, Devise, Twitter Bootstrap, Omniauth

Application Templates for Starter Apps

There are many Rails application templates that generate starter apps. Application templates are Ruby scripts used with the "rails new myapp -m" command to generate a Rails app. See a list of notable Rails Application Templates.


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