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Refinery CMS

An open source Ruby on Rails content management system for Rails 3.

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Getting Started

If you're new to Refinery, start with this guide:

What's it good at?

Refinery is great for sites where the client needs to be able to update their website themselves without being bombarded with anything too complicated.

Unlike other content managers, Refinery is truly aimed at the end user making it easy for them to pick up and make changes themselves.

For developers

  • Easily customise the look to suit the business.
  • Extend with custom extensions to do anything Refinery doesn't do out of the box.
  • Sticks to "the Rails way" as much as possible; we don't force you to learn new templating languages.
  • Uses jQuery for fast and concise Javascript.

Refinery Dashboard

Wanna see Refinery for yourself? Try the demo

Help and Documentation



Images & Files

  • Easily upload and insert images.
  • Upload and link to resources such as PDF documents.
  • Uses the popular Dragonfly.
  • Supports storage on Amazon S3.


  • Get an overview of what has been updated recently and see recent inquiries.

Authentication & Users

  • Manage who can access Refinery.
  • Control which extensions each user has access to.
  • Uses the popular Devise.

Custom Extensions

Extend Refinery easily by running the Refinery extension generator. For help run the command without any options:

rails generate refinery:engine

Popular Extensions

  • Blog - A simple blogging extension that supports posts, categories and comments with optional moderation support.
  • Portfolio - manage groups of images like an image gallery.
  • News - post and manage news items.
  • Inquiries - simple contact form that notifies you and customer when an inquiry is made.

Full extension list here

Example Site Showcase

List here (add your link when you're done)


Refinery is released under the MIT license and is copyright (c) 2005-2012 Resolve Digital


Many of the icons used in Refinery CMS are from the wonderful Silk library by Mark James.

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