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Ruby Trello API

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This library implements the Trello API.

Trello is an awesome tool for organization. Not just aimed at developers, but everybody. Seriously, check it out.

Full API documentation.

Full Disclosure: This library is mostly complete, if you do find anything missing or not functioning as you expect it to, please just create an issue.


Ruby \ ActiveModel 6.0 6.1 7.0
  • Use the newest version for Ruby 2.7.0 or newer support.
  • Use version 3.2.0 or earlier for Ruby 2.5 ~ 2.6 support.
  • Use version 2.2.1 or earlier for Ruby 2.1 ~ 2.4 support.
  • Use version 1.3.0 or earlier for Ruby 1.9.3 support.
  • Use version 1.4.x or earlier for Ruby 2.0.0 support.


# gem install ruby-trello


Basic authorization:

  1. Get your API public key from Trello via or the irb console as follows:
$ gem install ruby-trello
$ irb -rubygems
irb> require 'trello'
irb> Trello.open_public_key_url                         # copy your public key
irb> Trello.open_authorization_url key: 'yourpublickey' # copy your member token
  1. You can now use the public key and member token in your app code:
require 'trello'

Trello.configure do |config|
  config.developer_public_key = TRELLO_DEVELOPER_PUBLIC_KEY # The "key" from step 1
  config.member_token = TRELLO_MEMBER_TOKEN # The token from step 2.

2-legged OAuth authorization

Trello.configure do |config|
  config.consumer_key = TRELLO_CONSUMER_KEY
  config.consumer_secret = TRELLO_CONSUMER_SECRET
  config.oauth_token = TRELLO_OAUTH_TOKEN
  config.oauth_token_secret = TRELLO_OAUTH_TOKEN_SECRET

3-legged OAuth authorization

Trello.configure do |config|
  config.consumer_key    = TRELLO_CONSUMER_KEY
  config.consumer_secret = TRELLO_CONSUMER_SECRET
  config.return_url      = ""
  config.callback        = lambda { |request_token|, request_token.secret) }

All the calls this library makes to Trello require authentication using these keys. Be sure to protect them.

HTTP Client

ruby-trello requires either rest-client or faraday to be present for network calls. You can configure ruby-trello to use either one, depending on your project's needs. If both are present, ruby-trello defaults to using faraday.

Trello.configure do |config|
  config.http_client = 'faraday'
  # OR
  config.http_client = 'rest-client'


So let's say you want to get information about the user bobtester. We can do something like this:

bob = Trello::Member.find("bobtester")

# Print out his name
puts bob.full_name # "Bob Tester"

# Print his bio
puts # A wonderfully delightful test user

# How about a list of his boards?

# And then to read the lists of the first board do :
Accessing specific items

There is no find by name method in the trello API, to access a specific item, you have to know it's ID. The best way is to pretty print the elements and then find the id of the element you are looking for.

# With bob
pp bob.boards # Will pretty print all boards, allowing us to find our board id

# We can now access it's lists
pp Trello::Board.find( board_id ).lists # will pretty print all lists. Let's get the list id

# We can now access the cards of the list
pp Trello::List.find( list_id ).cards

# We can now access the checklists of the card
pp Trello::Card.find( card_id ).checklists

# and so on ...
Changing a checkbox state
# First get your checklist id
checklist = Trello::Checklist.find( checklist_id )

# At this point, there is no more ids. To get your checklist item,
# you have to know it's position (same as in the trello interface).
# Let's take the first
checklist_item = checklist.items.first

# Then we can read the status
checklist_item.state # return 'complete' or 'incomplete'

# We can update it (note we call update_item_state from checklist, not from checklist_item)
checklist.update_item_state(, 'complete' ) # or 'incomplete'

# You can also use true or false instead of 'complete' or 'incomplete'
checklist.update_item_state(, true ) # or false

Multiple Users

Applications that make requests on behalf of multiple Trello users have an alternative to global configuration. For each user's access token/secret pair, instantiate a Trello::Client:

@client_bob =
  :consumer_key => YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY,
  :consumer_secret => YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET,
  :oauth_token => "Bob's access token",
  :oauth_token_secret => "Bob's access secret"

@client_alice =
  :consumer_key => YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY,
  :consumer_secret => YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET,
  :oauth_token => "Alice's access token",
  :oauth_token_secret => "Alice's access secret"

You can now make threadsafe requests as the authenticated user: do
  @client_bob.find(:members, "bobtester")
  @client_bob.find(:boards, "bobs_board_id")
end do
  @client_alice.find(:members, "alicetester")
  @client_alice.find(:boards, "alices_board_id")

Special thanks

A special thanks goes out to Ben Biddington who has contributed a significant amount of refactoring and functionality to be deserving of a beer and this special thanks.


Several ways you can contribute. Documentation, code, tests, feature requests, bug reports.

If you submit a pull request that's accepted, you'll be given commit access to this repository.

Please see the file for more information.

Local Development

Use matrixeval-ruby to test code againsts different ruby and active_model versions on local.

Check available commands with:

matrixeval --help
# Or
meval --help

Some examples:

Generate MatrixEval config file

matrixeval init

Run bundle install

matrixeval --all bundle install

Run tests

matrixeval --all rspec
matrixeval --ruby 3.0 rspec spec/a_spec.rb
matrixeval --ruby 3.0 --active_model 7.0 rspec


matrixeval bash
matrixeval --ruby 3.0 --active_model 7.0 bash