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Typo is the oldest and most powerful Ruby on Rails blogware, providing custom templates, powerful drag and drop plugins API, advanced SEO capabilities, XMLRPC API and many more.

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About Typo

Being around since March 2005, Typo is (probably) the oldest blogging platform in Rails. It has a full set of feature you would expect from such an engine, powerful SEO capabilities and full themes and plugin
extension. It is available as a gem or source tarball.

Current version is Typo 6.0.1 for Ruby on Rails 3.0

Useful Links:

Get some help

This is a list of Typo maintainers. If you have a commit bit, please add your name and contact details to the list.

The Cool Kids

Frédéric de Villamil <>
irc: neuro`

Matijs van Zuijlen
irc: matijs

Cyril Mougel
irc: shingara

Original Author

Tobias Luetke
irc: xal

Installing Typo

There are various way of installing Typo, but the easiest way is certainly using our gem.

1. Prerequisites

To install Typo you need the following:

  • Ruby 1.8.7 or Ruby Enterprise Edition, Typo is not Ruby 1.9 compliant
  • Ruby On Rails 3.0.0
  • A database engine, MySQL, PgSQL or SQLite3
  • The Ruby connector to your favourite database engine
  • A FTP client or even better SSH access to your hosting provider

2. Get Typo

Download Typo stable version at or

3. Install Typo

Unpack Typo archive into your Web hosting space.

Rename database.yml.example to database.yml and fill in your database credentials for production mode.

Then run:

$ bundle install
$ rake RAILS_ENV=production db:migrate

4. Start / stop Typo

To use / test typo, run:

./script/rails server

Daily use

For a daily use, we reccomend to use Passenger (mod_rails) or Thin / Unicorn with Apache or Nginx.

Typo’s administrative interface is available at You can use this to post articles and change Typo’s configuration settings. For posting new content, you can either use this administrative web interface or a desktop blog editor like MarsEdit or Ecto. For a short list of clients which are confirmed to work please visit

Your typo team

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