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Rails Boilerplate

Rails Boilerplate is a Rails (>= 3.1.0) gem which helps you to use the html 5 boilerplate.

Install & usage

You'll need at least Rails 3.1. Then put this in your Gemfile:

gem "rails-boilerplate"

This gives you a generator boilerplate:install which does the following things:

  • updates app/views/layouts/application.html.erb to include all the elements used in the H5BP:index.html converted to a Rails compatible ERB file, complete with the necessary rails helper calls.

  • adds style.css(renamed to reset.css), modernizr.js and plugins.js as assets

  • copies over some static file (like favicons, touch icons, robots.txt, humans.txt) to the public/ folder.


If you want to checkout the code, be sure to do:

git submodule init
git submodule update


  • add option to strip comments from the application.html.erb
  • add option to exclude google analytics script
  • check whether prototype instead of jquery is used, if so adapt the generated files


  • 0.1.5: 21/nov/2011: updated to html5-boilerplate version
  • 0.1.0: initial version.
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