Rails Base

Skeleton for new Rails based projects.
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Rails Base is the base Rails application template used at Flatstack. It's based on Rails 6 and Ruby 2.7

Application Gems

Development Gems

  • Puma as Rails web server
  • Letter Opener for opening mail in the browser instead of sending it
  • Bullet for detecting N+1 queries and unused eager loading
  • Rubocop and Rubocop-Rspec for reporting violations of the Ruby style guide
  • Brakeman for checking application for common security vulnerabilities
  • ByeBug as debugger
  • Bundler Audit for scanning the Gemfile for insecure dependencies based on published CVEs
  • Spring for fast Rails actions via pre-loading
  • Web Console for better debugging via in-browser IRB consoles
  • SCSS-Lint for reporting violations of SCSS coding conventions
  • Slim-Lint for reporting violations of Ruby style guide in .slim templates
  • Rails ERD for generating a diagram based on application's AR models

Testing Gems


  • mailer.rb - setup default hosts for mailer from configuration
  • requires.rb - automatically requires everything in lib/ & lib/extensions


  • bin/setup - setup required gems and migrate db if needed
  • bin/quality - runs rubocop, brakeman, rails_best_practices and bundle-audit for the app
  • bin/test - runs all tests and quality checks
  • bin/server - to run server locally

Getting Started

Prepare dependencies

Some gems have native extensions. You should have GCC installed on your development machine. Dependencies will be automatically installed via setup script.

  • phantomjs - to run Javascript unit tests
  • graphviz - to generate Entity-Relationship Diagram
  • node - JavaScript runtime

Bootstrap application

  1. Clone application as new project with original repository named "rails-base".

    git clone git://github.com/fs/rails-base.git --origin rails-base [MY-NEW-PROJECT]
  2. Create your new repo on GitHub and push master into it. Make sure master branch is tracking origin repo.

git remote add origin [email protected]:[MY-GITHUB-ACCOUNT]/[MY-NEW-PROJECT].git
git push -u origin master
  1. Run setup script
  1. Run test and quality suits to make sure all dependencies are satisfied and applications works correctly before making changes.
  1. Run app
  1. Update README

Do not forget to update application README.md file with detailed information based on the existing template.

# update README.md
git commit -am "Update README.md"



Out of the box Rails Base ready to be deployed to Heroku.com.

  • Heroku Postgres add-on will be used for database.
  • SendGrid add-on required to be able to send emails.
  • NewRelic add-on could be used to monitor application performance.
  • Rollbar add-on could be used to application errors.
heroku create --addons=heroku-postgresql,sendgrid,newrelic,rollbar --remote staging rails-base-example
heroku config:add HOST="rails-base-example.herokuapp.com" MAILER_SENDER_ADDRESS="[email protected]" NEW_RELIC_APP_NAME="Rails Base"
git push staging master
heroku run rake db:schema:load
heroku open

Custom Server

To be able to deploy to your custom server Cloud66.com recommended as a provisioning and deployment service. Make sure to review and configure cloud66/manifest.yml before deployment.


Rails Base is maintained by Timur Vafin. It was written by Flatstack with the help of our contributors.

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