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.
To accomplish these goals, Administrate follows a few guiding principles:
- No DSLs (domain-specific languages)
- Support the simplest use cases, and let the user override defaults with standard tools such as plain Rails controllers and views.
- Break up the library into core components and plugins, so each component stays small and easy to maintain.
Administrate supports Rails from 4.2, up to 5.0 and beyond. We support Ruby 2.2.9 and up.
Add Administrate to your Gemfile and re-bundle:
The included installer will create dashboards for each model in your app, complete with routes:
$ rails generate administrate:install
Restart your server, and visit http://localhost:3000/admin to see your new dashboard in action.
For more detailed instructions or to make it work with Rails API-only applications, please go through the 'Getting Started` guide.
Create Additional Dashboards
In order to create additional dashboards, pass in the resource name to the dashboard generator. A dashboard and controller will be created.
$ rails generate administrate:dashboard Foo
To customize the appearance, behavior, and contents of the dashboard,
see the guides at
These guides are available as markdown files in the
docs subdirectory of the
git repository, too.
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.
- The gem's source code lives in the
- The demo app is nested within
- The guides as seen at
https://administrate-prototype.herokuapp.com live as
markdown files in the
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:
- Add tests in
- Implement a feature in
- Exercise the feature using the demo rails app (
This project uses:
- BEM-style CSS selectors, with namespaces
- SCSS-Lint, with Hound
- A variety of CSS units:
emfor typographical-related elements
remfor lengths related to components
pxfor borders, text shadows, etc.
vhfor lengths that should be relational to the viewport
Please see CONTRIBUTING.md.
administrate was originally written by Grayson Wright and is now maintained by Nick Charlton. Many improvements and bugfixes were contributed by the open source community.
administrate is Copyright © 2015-2018 thoughtbot. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.
administrate is maintained and funded by thoughtbot, inc. The names and logos for thoughtbot are trademarks of thoughtbot, inc.