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<h1>Rails Application Template Projects</h1>
<h4>by Daniel Kehoe</h4>
<p><em>Last updated 21 May 2012</em></p>
<p>Rails application templates are Ruby scripts used with the <code>"rails new myapp -m"</code> command to generate a Rails web application. They are often used to generate “starter apps” that can be the basis of many development projects.</p>
<p>Many developers have developed Rails application templates. This is a list of notable projects.</p>
<p>Also see an annotated list of <a class="internal present" href="/rails-examples-tutorials.html">Rails Examples, Tutorials, and Starter Apps</a>.</p>
<h2>Application template-generating website</h2>
<p>These websites allow you to select “recipes” and generate an application template and a starter app.</p>
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<th>Author </th>
<th>Site </th>
<th>Comments </th>
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<td> Daniel Davey </td>
<td> <a href="http://drone.bz/">drone.bz</a> </td>
<td> emphasis on Sass, Compass, Coffeescript and Slim </td>
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<td> Michael Bleigh </td>
<td> <a href="http://railswizard.org/">RailsWizard</a> </td>
<td> recipes are dated, not maintained </td>
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</table><h2>Application template-generating gems</h2>
<p>Install these gems to generate an application template and a starter app.</p>
<p>Some have a collection of “recipes”. Fork the gem and edit the recipes for a custom app template.</p>
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<th>Author </th>
<th>Gem </th>
<th>Comments </th>
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<td> Daniel Davey </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/jeriko/app_drone">app_drone</a> </td>
<td> Built for the <a href="http://drone.bz/">drone.bz</a> website; many recipes </td>
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<td> Daniel Kehoe </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/RailsApps/rails_apps_composer">Rails Apps Composer</a> </td>
<td> A fork of the <a href="https://github.com/intridea/rails_wizard">RailsWizard</a> gem; actively maintained </td>
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<td> Dr. Nic Williams </td>
<td> <a href="http://appscrolls.org/">App Scrolls</a> </td>
<td> A fork of the <a href="https://github.com/intridea/rails_wizard">RailsWizard</a> gem; actively maintained </td>
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<td> Michael Bleigh </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/intridea/rails_wizard">RailsWizard</a> </td>
<td> Built for the <a href="http://railswizard.org/">RailsWizard</a> website; no longer maintained </td>
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<td> Kevin Faustino </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/kfaustino/rails-templater">Rails Templater</a> </td>
<td> Mongoid or ActiveRecord </td>
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<td> Kristian Mandrup </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/kristianmandrup/cream">Cream</a> </td>
<td> Devise, CanCan, roles, many ORMs </td>
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<td> Quick Left </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/quickleft/prologue">Prologue</a> </td>
<td> Devise, CanCan, ActiveRecord only, many recipes </td>
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<td> Thoughtbot </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/thoughtbot/suspenders">Suspenders</a> </td>
<td> ActiveRecord only, no recipes </td>
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</table><h2>Rails application template projects</h2>
<p>Use these scripts with the <code>"rails new myapp -m"</code> command to generate an application.</p>
<h3>Current Projects</h3>
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<th>Author </th>
<th>Project </th>
<th>Comments </th>
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<td> Brian Cardarella </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/dockyard/sail_plan">DockYard’s Sail Plan</a> </td>
<td> Haml, Compass, EasyAuth, RSpec, Capybara, FactoryGirl </td>
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<td> RailsApps Project </td>
<td> <a href="https://github.com/RailsApps/rails3-application-templates">Rails Application Templates</a> </td>
<td> Devise or OmniAuth, ActiveRecord or Mongoid. Options for RSpec, Cucumber, Factory Girl, Haml, etc. </td>
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</table><h3>Older Projects</h3>
<p>These projects were updated in 2011 and use Devise for authentication:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/greendog99/greendog-rails-template">greendog99/greendog-rails-template</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Devise, RSpec, Factory Girl, jQuery, Haml, Sass, Compass, Git, rvm, HTML5 Boilerplate, plus a layout. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
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<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/dcrec1/rails3_template">dcrec1/rails3_template</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Devise (with Cucumber steps), Cucumber, RSpec, Factory Girl, Haml, Compass, jQuery, Git, Formtastic, a layout, and much more. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
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<li><a href="https://github.com/aentos/rails3-templates">aentos/rails3-templates</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Devise or Authlogic or OmniAuth, Cucumber, Capybara, RSpec, Factory Girl, Shoulda, jQuery, Haml, Compass, 960 grid or Blueprint, Capistrano or Heroku or Inploy, Git, plus a layout. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
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<li><a href="https://github.com/rubyx/rails3_template">rubyx/rails3_template</a></li>
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<p>PostgreSQL, Devise, Cucumber with Selenium and Capybara, RSpec with Machinist and Faker, JQuery, Simple Form, Haml, <span class="caps">SASS</span>, Git, rvm, Google analytics (optional), Hoptoad for issue tracking (optional), TellThemWhen for downtime notifications (optional). With a description of the recipe in the <span class="caps">README</span>.</p>
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<p>These projects were updated in 2010 and use Devise:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/kenton/rails3-templates">kenton/rails3-templates</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Devise, RSpec, Cucumber with Capybara, Factory Girl, jQuery, Simple Form, Git, rvm. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
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<li><a href="https://github.com/graemenelson/rails3-template">graemenelson/rails3-template</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Devise, Cucumber, Shoulda with Factory Girl and Mocha, Haml, Sass, Formtastic, jQuery, Git, rvm.</p>
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<p>This project was updated in 2010 and uses Mongoid:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/madebydna/rails-templater">madebydna/rails-templater</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Mongoid or ActiveRecord, RSpec, FactoryGirl, Cucumber (with Mongoid steps), jQuery, Haml, Sass, Compass. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
</blockquote>
<p>These projects were updated in 2011 and do not use Devise or Mongoid:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/perfectline/template-bucket">perfectline/template-bucket</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Cucumber, RSpec, jQuery, Haml or Jammit, Capistrano, Git, rvm, plus a layout. Uses subtemplates for easy customizing.</p>
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<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/leshill/rails3-app">leshill/rails3-app</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Cucumber, RSpec, Factory Girl or Fabrication, Haml, jQuery, Git, rvm.</p>
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<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/shawn/shawns-rails3-template/">shawn/shawns-rails3-template</a></li>
</ul><blockquote>
<p>Haml, Sass, Git, plus a layout.</p>
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<p>These Rails 2.3 projects were once popular but haven’t been updated since 2009 or 2010:</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://github.com/jm/rails-templates">jm/rails-templates</a></li>
<li><a href="https://github.com/ffmike/BigOldRailsTemplate">ffmike/BigOldRailsTemplate</a></li>
</ul><h2>Ruby Toolbox Ranking</h2>
<p>For a ranking of some older application templates by popularity, see:<br><a href="http://ruby-toolbox.com/categories/rails_app_templates.html">The Ruby Toolbox: Rails App Templates</a></p>
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<p><a href="http://danielkehoe.com/">Daniel Kehoe</a> initiated the <a href="http://railsapps.github.com/">RailsApps Project</a>. Thanks to all the users and contributors.</p>
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