Simple content blocks for Rails apps.
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Blocky is a Ruby gem for adding editable content blocks to a Rails project.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "blocky"

Install the Blocky gem with Bundler:

bundle install

Use the install generator to set up Blocky:

rails g blocky:install

Run the installed database migrations to add the required tables:

rake db:migrate


View Helper

To create a content block, simply use the blocky helper and specify a content key in your ERB template. Each content key must be unique across your entire application for each content block that has unique content.

<%= blocky(:contact_info) %>

You can specify a block of HTML to be loaded into the content block the first time the that content key is loaded. This means you won't have a bunch of empty content blocks in development when a new developer spins up the app for the first time.

<%= blocky(:product_faq) do %>
  <h1>Frequently Asked Questions</h1>
    <li>How do I add content blocks?</li>
    <li>How do I edit my content blocks?</li>
<% end %>

Active Admin

Blocky registers the content blocks with Active Admin to provide the editing interface. Everything works best if you are using Active Admin and if current_admin_user is used to return an authenticated user who can manage the content blocks when signed in.

If you're not using Active Admin, it should be pretty easy to create a simple interface for managing your content blocks. The reason the old admin interface was removed was to simplify the project and remove authorization methods that don't belong in this gem.


  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