Getting Started

Administrate is released as a Ruby gem, and can be installed on Rails applications version 4.2 or greater.

Add the following to your Gemfile:

# Gemfile
gem "administrate"

Re-bundle, then run the installer:

$ rails generate administrate:install

The installer adds some new routes to your config/routes.rb, and creates a controller at app/controllers/admin/application_controller.rb

In addition, the generator creates a Dashboard and a Controller for each of your ActiveRecord resources:

The Admin::ApplicationController can be customized to add authentication logic, authorization, pagination, or other controller-level concerns.

The routes can be customized to show or hide different models on the dashboard.

Each FooDashboard specifies which attributes should be displayed on the admin dashboard for the Foo resource.

Each Admin::FooController can be overwritten to specify custom behavior.

Once you have Administrate installed, visit http://localhost:3000/admin to see your new dashboard in action.

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

Add a route for the new dashboard.

# config/routes.rb

namespace :admin do
  resources :foos

Rails API

Since Rails 5.0, we've been able to have API only applications. Yet, sometimes we still want to have an admin. To get this working, please update this config:

# config/application.rb
config.api_only = false

That means, when your app boots, we'll have access to flashes and such. We also don't use your ApplicationController. Instead, Administrate provides its own. Meaning you're free to specify ActionController::API as your parent controller to make sure no flash, session, or cookie middleware is used by your API.