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A framework for creating flexible, powerful admin dashboards in Rails. Try the demo.


Administrate is still pre-1.0, and there may be occasional breaking changes to the API. Check the release notes for important updates.


What Is Administrate?

Administrate is a library for Rails apps that automatically generates admin dashboards. Administrate's admin dashboards give non-technical users clean interfaces that allow them to create, edit, search, and delete records for any model in the application.

Administrate solves the same problem as Rails Admin and ActiveAdmin, but aims to provide a better user experience for site admins, and to be easier for developers to customize.

To accomplish these goals, Administrate follows a few guiding principles:

Getting Started

Add Administrate to your Gemfile:

# Gemfile
gem "administrate", "~> 0.2.2"

Re-bundle, then run the installer:

$ rails generate administrate:install

Restart your server, and visit http://localhost:3000/admin to see your new dashboard in action.

To customize the appearance, behavior, and contents of the dashboard, see the guides at

Repository Structure

This repository contains both the source code for Administrate, and a demo Rails app that uses Administrate. The demo app is hosted publicly on Heroku.

Rails configuration files have been changed to recognize the app in the new location, so running the server or deploying to Heroku works normally.

With this structure, developing a typical feature looks like:

Contributing Guidelines

Use the following guides for getting things done, programming well, and programming in style.