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Made by the team at BigBinary, this is a base project to quickly spin up a Rails application built with opinions of BigBinary style of working.

Local Development Setup

Install the latest Node.js version. Make sure that npm is installed with it as well.

bundle install
bundle exec rake setup
bundle exec rails server

Visit http://localhost:3000 and login with email and password welcome.

Running with Docker


Make sure you have docker and docker-compose installed.

Starting rails

docker-compose up

After the container is successfully created you should be able to access your app on http://localhost:9000

Deploy wheel on Kubernetes

Deploy wheel on kubernetes using this templates.

You will need access to the working kubernetes cluster.

Install kubectl locally and setup kubeconfig.

If you dont have k8s cluster setup, simply install minikube.

Run following commands to deploy wheel on k8s.

Create postgres db and service.

kubectl create -f db-deployment.yml -f db-service.yml

Create configmap for database.yml.

kubectl create -f database-configmap.yml

Create web/puma deployment and service.

kubectl create -f web-deployment.yml -f web-service.yml

Create background/delayed_job deployment and service.

kubectl create -f background-deployment.yml -f background-service.yml

Get application endpoint.

$ kubectl get svc web -o wide | awk '{print $4}'

Replace Wheel with your project name

Let's say that the project name is Pump. Execute the command below to replace all occurrences of Wheel with Pump.

perl -e "s/Wheel/Pump/g;" -pi $(find . -type f)


  • Uses Bootstrap .
  • rake setup to set sensible sample data including user with password welcome.
  • Uses devise .
  • Heroku ready. Push to heroku and it will work .
  • Uses Honeybadger.
  • Built in superadmin feature.
  • Uses modal box to showcase an example of editing information using modal box.
  • Enables strict mode for all JavaScript code.
  • Uses puma as web server.
  • Uses haml for cleaner syntax over erb.
  • No coffeescript. We prefer JavaScript.
  • Uses turbolinks.
  • Uses ActiveAdmin.
  • When exception is sent to Rollbar then uuid is also sent for debugging .
  • Uses DelayedJob.
  • Intercepts all outgoing emails in non production environment using gem mail_interceptor.
  • Uses CircleCI for continuous testing.
  • Has a bunch of tests to make it easier to get started with new tests.
  • Uses PostgreSQL.
  • Built in support for carrierwave to easily upload items to s3.
  • Built in support for "variants" so the pages can be customized for tablet or phone easily.
  • Uses simple_form.
  • Built in support for Mailgun.
  • Easy to generate "test coverage".
  • Content compression via Rack::Deflater.
  • Auto-formats Ruby code with rubocop.
  • Auto-formats JavaScript and CSS code with prettier.

Heroku Review

Heroku Review is enabled on this application. It means when a PR is sent then heroku automatically deploys an application for that branch.

About BigBinary


wheel is maintained by BigBinary. BigBinary is a software consultancy company. We build web and mobile applications using Ruby on Rails, React.js, React Native and Elm.

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