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Typus: Admin interface for Rails applications

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.

Key Features

  • Access control by users and roles.
  • CRUD and custom actions for your models on a clean interface.
  • Internationalized.
  • Extensible and overwritable templates.
  • Low memory footprint.
  • Released under the MIT License.


Impatients to see it working?

Step 1: Create a Rails application using a template.

$ rails -m

Step 2: Start the server.

$ cd && script/server

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

Want to see a demo working?

Demo application is hosted at Heroku (

Use the following credentials to log in.

Password: userdemo


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

$ script/plugin install 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.


As an experiment we encourage you to support this project by donating 90 € if you are a developer or studio. Donations do allow us to spend more time working and supporting the project.


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

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