Base Rails app with email login instead of username. Bort: Programmed to feel pain.
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Bort is a base Rails 2.1 application that makes creating new projects easier and faster. Bort is developed and maintained by Fudge Studios, Jim Neath and Matt Hall

This fork changes the normal authentication behaviour to use email addresses instead of usernames.

If you have any suggestions for improvements then feel free to leave a request on User Voice


  • Download and unzip Bort
  • Edit the database.yml and the settings.yml files
  • Changed the default password in the bort migration
  • Edit the REST_AUTH_SITE_KEY in each of the environment files
  • Rake db:migrate
  • Have a brew and celebrate

Plugins Installed

Bort comes with a few commonly used plugins installed and already setup.

RESTful Authentication

RESTful Authentication is already setup. The routes are setup, along with the mailers and observers.
Forgotten password comes setup, so you don’t have to mess around setting it up with every project.

The AASM plugin comes pre-installed. RESTful Authentication is also setup to use user activation.

User Roles

Bort now comes with Role Requirement by Tim Harper. A default
admin role is predefined along with a default admin user. See the migrations for the admin login details.

Open ID Authentication

Bort, as of 0.3, has Open ID integrated with RESTful Authentication. Rejoice!

Will Paginate

We use will_paginate in pretty much every project we use, so Bort comes with it pre-installed.

Rspec & Rspec-rails

You should be testing your code, so Bort comes with Rspec and Rspec-rails already installed so you’re
ready to roll.

Exception Notifier

You don’t want your applications to crash and burn so Exception Notifier is already installed to let
you know when everything goes to shit.

Asset Packager

Packages up your css/javascript so you’re not sending 143 files down to the user at the same time. Reduces
load times and saves you bandwidth.


The routes for RESful Auth and the forgot password stuff are already sorted for you.

Settings YAML

There is a settings.yml file that contains site-wide stuff. The site name, url and admin email are all used
in the RESTful Auth mailers, so you don’t need to worry about editing them.

Database YAML

The database.yml defaults to sqlite3 but also contains the settings for MySQL in comments so you can switch
over easily.

Capistrano Recipe

Bort comes ready to rock capistrano. The recipe that is setup is based on using git and passenger. It’s ready
to go with multistage deployments. It deploys to the production config by default, so if you don’t need it
you can ignore it. Just update config/deploy/production.rb with your deployment settings.

More info on capistrano-ext/multistage deployments can be found here:

Uses the Database for Sessions

Bort is setup to use the database to store sessions by default.


  • password and password_confirmation are set up to be filtered
  • there is a default application layout file
  • a page title helper has been added
  • index.html is already deleted
  • rails.png is already deleted
  • a few changes have been made to the default views
  • a default css file with blank selectors for common rails elements


Bort put together by people at Fudge