Effortless backend interface for Ruby on Rails applications. (Admin scaffold generator.)
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Typus: Effortless admin interface for your Rails application

Typus is designed for a single activity:

Trusted users editing structured content.

Typus doesn't try to be all the things to all the people but it's extensible enough to match lots of use cases.

Impatients to see it working?

Step 1: Create a Rails application using a template.

$ rails example.com -m http://gist.github.com/86613.txt

Step 2: Start the server:

$ cd example.com && script/server

Step 3: Go to the admin area and enjoy it!

Want to see a demo working?

There's an application running at Heroku.


Use the following credentials to log in.

Email: userdemo@intraducibles.com
Password: userdemo

Notes on the application demo:

  • Runs under SSL.

  • Has an Assets model to show how assets can work.

  • User can only edit the posts they have generated.

  • User cannot edit Categories, just view them.

  • Shows how TinyMCE is integrated with Pages.


Install from GitHub the latest version which it's compatible with Rails 2.3.4.

$ script/plugin install git://github.com/fesplugas/typus.git

Once Typus is installed, run the generator to create required files and migrate your database. (typus_users table is created)

$ script/generate typus
$ rake db:migrate

To create the first user, start the application server, go to and follow the instructions.

Support Typus

Typus is licensed under the MIT license. As an experiment we encourage you to support this project by donating 90 euros if you are a developer or studio. Donations do allow us to spend more time working and supporting the project. All contributions are much appreciated!

Hire us to work on your next project. We build large and small websites.

Contribute your patches to the community & support people on the mailing list.

Tell everybody about Typus, tell your friends and colleagues about Typus and blog about Typus.

Using Typus as a Gem?

If you are using Typus as a gem add the following line at the end of the Rakefile on the root of your Rails application.

Dir["#{RAILS_ROOT}/vendor/gems/*/**/tasks/**/*.rake"].sort.each { |ext| load ext }



Copyright © 2007-2009 Francesc Esplugas Marti, released under the MIT license