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Ships backbone and underscore to your Rails 3.1 application through the new asset pipeline. Rails 3.0 is supported via generators.
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Developing javascript applications on top of rails just got faster thanks to the Rails 3.1 asset pipeline. Like jquery-rails, this gem bundles some javascript files to make them available to your application:

How to use it

Rails 3.1

Add it to your Gemfile:

gem 'backbone-rails'

Require what you need in app/assets/javascripts/

#= require json2
#= require underscore
#= require backbone

With pure javascript, the lines would look like app/assets/javascripts/application.js:

//= require json2
//= require underscore
//= require backbone

Rails 3.0

backbone-rails ships with a generator that copies all javascript files to public/javascripts. You can run it with rails g backbone:install.


The gem will follow backbone versioning.


  • John Bintz (Support for Rails 3.0 via generators)
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