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Alchemy CMS

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Alchemy is a Rails 3 CMS with a flexible content storing architecture.

Read more on the website and in the guidelines.


  • Highly flexible Templating
  • Gorgious End-User centric interface
  • Multilingual
  • SEO
  • Access Control
  • Fulltext Search
  • RSS Feeds
  • Contactforms
  • Attachments and downloads
  • Powerfull image rendering
  • Extendable
  • Integrates in exsiting Rails Apps
  • Caching
  • BSD License
  • Hostable on any Server that supports RubyOnRails and ImageMagick (Software Requirements)

Rails Version

This branch of Alchemy runs with Rails 3.2.

This branch is a beta development branch. For productive environments use the current rubygems version, or the latest stable tag.

If you are looking for a Rails 3.1 compatible version check the 2.1-stable branch.

If you are looking for a Rails 3.0 compatible version check the 2.0-stable branch.

If you are looking for a Rails 2.3 compatible version check the 1.6-stable branch.

Ruby Version

Alchemy runs under Ruby 1.8.7, Ruby 1.9.2, Ruby 1.9.3 and REE (Ruby Enterprise Edition).


Use the installer (recommended):

gem install alchemy_cms --pre
alchemy new my_magicpage

Start the local server:

rails server

Then just switch to your browser and open http://localhost:3000


Projects running with Alchemy CMS version < 2.1 needs to be upgraded.

Otherwise errors will be raised like this: uninitialized constant EssenceText

You have to use the following Upgrade-Task. Run in terminal:

rake alchemy:upgrade

Add to existing Rails project

In your Gemfile:

gem 'alchemy_cms', :git => 'git://', :branch => 'next_stable'

Run in terminal:

bundle install
rake alchemy:install:migrations
rake db:migrate
rake alchemy:db:seed


  1. This generator creates all necessary folders and files needed for creating your own page layouts and elements for your website:

    rails generate alchemy:scaffold
  2. If you use the ferret full text search (enabled by default), then please add a job to your crontab that reindexes the ferret index.

    cd /path/to/your/alchemy && RAILS_ENV=production rake ferret:rebuild_index > /dev/null
  3. You can easily create your element files (for view and editor) depending on the elements.yml with this generator:

    rails generate alchemy:elements --skip




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