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Totem is a Ruby gem for creating Ruby projects. It's like having a Rails project folder without the Rails dependency.

  • Use a Ruby on Rails inspired folder structure because many developers are familiar with it.
  • Keep the gem lightweight with simple and easy to understand code.
  • Prefer built in Ruby classes in order to avoid third party dependencies.
  • Design from day one for MRI and JRuby.
  • Make it easily extensible.
  • Maintain thread safety so that it can be used with gems such as Tribe or Celluloid.
  • console
  • logger
  • environments (development, production, stage, etc).


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'totem'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install totem

Create a project

Create a new project called my_app in the current directory:

$ bundle exec totem new my_app

You must now setup Bundler (and rvm, rbenv, etc if you use them) for your new project:

$ bundle

You can now create your custom classes in the app directory. You will need to manually require your classes in app/loader.rb since Tribe doesn't have an auto-loader.

Totem comes with an IRB based console similar to Rails:

$ bundle exec totem console

Totem API

Totem comes with some built in methods that should be familiar to any Rails developer. Copy and paste the below code into app/my_class.rb. You can then run this example in the console by entering Don't forget, you need to register this class in app/loader.rb with require my_class.

class MyClass
  def run
    puts 'Totem provides a few class variables to simplify programming...'
    puts "  Root: #{Totem.root}"
    puts "  Environment: #{Totem.env}"

    puts 'Totem includes a logger...'
    Totem.logger.error('Example error log entry')
    puts "  Check your #{Totem.log_file_path} to see the entry."

    puts 'Enjoy!'


Below is a list of available add-ons that extend the functionality of a Totem project:


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request
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