Gem providing simple Contact Form functionality with a Rails 3+ Engine.
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A Rails 3+ Engine providing a basic contact form.

There is also a demo application showing how the ContactUs form works:


Contact Us requires the Formtastic Gem. Read more about Formtastic @

I used Formtastic as a dependency to keep things simple, and hook into your apps custom Formtastic stylesheets. People have different tastes for their html / css markup, and I find Formtastic to be a great standardized and reusable way to build forms across apps.

If you don't want to have Formtastic as a dependency there is a fork of this project without it here.


In your Gemfile, add the following dependencies:

gem 'contact_us', '~> 0.2.0'

From Rails.root run:

$ bundle
$ bundle exec rake contact_us:install

In config/initializers/contact_us.rb modify:

config.mailer_to = ""

Change to the email address you would like to receive the form submissions at for example:

config.mailer_to = ""

By default the emails from field will be the email entered by the user to easily reply, but this may not be allowed if your required to verify your sending email addresses. You may also specify an email address for the notification emails from field:

config.mailer_from = ""


When upgrading from 0.1.x to 0.2.x you should rerun the install generator to install the new settings, views, and locale updates:

$ bundle exec rake contact_us:install

Or you may run the generators for each specific component you would like to update, which is quite useful when upgrading during patch releases for example from 0.2.0 to 0.2.1:

$ bundle exec rake contact_us:copy_locales
$ bundle exec rake contact_us:copy_views


The generator copies the view files to app/views/contact_us, and you can customize them to suit your needs. If you would like to add a name or subject field to the form you may simply set the options to true within the contact_us initializer located at config/initializers/contact_us.rb: = true
config.subject = true

You may also update your locales under config/locales/contact_us.en.yml or create your own. Please feel free to submit your own locales so that other users will hopefully find this gem more useful.

And config your routes.rb to apply the routes for this engine, adding the code below:


Your routes.rb was been similar to this:

ExampleApp::Application.routes.draw do


Visit your website and navigate to /contact_us to see the form in action.


Contact Us has 100% test coverage, and provides simple integration specs you can drop directly into your apps test suite if you use RSpec & Capybara.

Simply copy the spec/integration/contact_us_lint_spec.rb file, and add it to your integration specs.


Please report any bugs or feature requests to the Github issues page @


In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • by using prerelease versions
  • by reporting bugs
  • by suggesting new features
  • by translating to a new language
  • by writing or editing documentation
  • by writing specifications
  • by writing code (no patch is too small: fix typos, add comments, clean up inconsistent whitespace)
  • by refactoring code
  • by resolving issues
  • by reviewing patches


  • Add new language translations

Copyright (c) 2011 Jeff Dutil, released under the MIT license.