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Fitgem Client Application

A Rails 4.2-based reference application that shows how to use fitgem to query the Fitbit API. This application is publicly available at

The site is also meant to be documentation for how to use fitgem in ruby web applications.


Step 1: Clone the reference app locally or fork the repo!

$ git clone

Step 2: Install gems

$ bundle install

Step 3: Set your personal fitbit API key and secret.

Go to the Fitbit Developer Site and create a test application in order to get a Consumer Key and Consumer Secret. The application looks for the key and secret via two environment variables: FITBIT_CONSUMER_KEY and FITBIT_CONSUMER_SECRET.

If you're using pow to serve Rails apps locally then you can add the following lines to the application's .powrc file:

export FITBIT_CONSUMER_KEY="<your consumer key here>"
export FITBIT_CONSUMER_SECRET="<your consumer secret here>"

Otherwise you must set the environment variables appropriately for your local hosting solution.

Step 4: Setup the database.

You can either use the postgresql username/password that the app defines ('fitgemclient'/'fitgemclient'), or you can edit config/database.yml to configure the application to use the postgresql username/password that you already have.

Once the user is setup, create the database and run the migrations:

$ rake db:create
$ rake db:migrate

Step 5: Open the application.

Use rails server or create a pow configuration for the app, and then open your browser to the appropriate local URL. You should now be able to view the site, create an account, link it with Fitbit, etc.

We Want Your Contributions!

I'd like to develop this reference app out quite a bit more to show examples of all functionality within the fitbit gem. Check out the issues page to discover areas that you (yes YOU!) can help with.

Since this is a documentation/example-centered application you can have a big impact by...

  • Adding an example of an unexplored resource
  • Updating an example
  • Copyediting my example text
  • Adding a logo for the reference app (as you can tell from the usage of bootstrap I'm not a design genius)
  • Providing feedback on the existing documentation. If something doesn't make sense and could be clarified please let me know!

If you have feedback that doesn't involve writing new code please create an issue and describe the feedback. I'm also always pleased to accept pull requests if you improve the code; just follow these steps:

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet
  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it
  • Fork the project
  • Start a feature/bugfix branch
  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution
  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history.

Many thanks to all of the contributors that have submitted pull requests to improve the examples on this site.


Copyright © 2011-2013 Zachery Moneypenny. See LICENSE.txt for further details.


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