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10 Great Sites Built With Ruby On Rails

Alexandre Ouellette

Many web frameworks exist today, but few have been as relevent for as long as Ruby on Rails. Rails was extracted from a project over at Basecamp by David Heinemeier Hanson in 2004, it was open sourced in 2005 and has grown ever since. Ruby on Rails has a large and inclusive community behind it and it powers some of today’s most popular web applications, many of whom contribute to the development of Gems and actively participate in the Rails community. If you’re interested in learning how to code using Ruby on Rails check out the CareerFoundry Web Development Course.

In this post we’re going to take a look at some really awesome sites that have been built with Ruby on Rails to inspire you to get coding and build that world-changing business idea you’ve been talking about!

1) Basecamp

Basecamp is the web-based project management site from which Ruby on Rails was born. It helps team plan projects and communicate more effectively with tools like to-do lists, instant messaging between team members, message boards and comprehensive reporting.

2) Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce solution. They allow customers to setup online stores and aim to make all aspects of selling products faster and easier.

3) GitHub

GitHub hosts Git repositories on the web. It is a very effective and powerful way for developers to manage their code. You can create different versions of your code, even branch it out to test functionality without affecting the core of your codebase. GitHub is also widely used to share code between developers.


4) Dribbble

Dribbble is an online space where designers can showcase their work. It is a great place to explore, promote and discover great designs and designers.

5) Twitch

Twitch is a social video platform and community for gamers. It allows gamers to stream themselves while playing video games or programming. They have 1.7 millions broadcasters per month and over a 100 million viewers per month.


6) Hulu

Hulu is a streaming service that allows users in the United States to stream a great variety of TV shows and movies. They offer current season TV shows, available the next day and they even produce original content. Hulu has been using Ruby on Rails since their launch in 2008 and have even sponsered RailsConf in 2012.

7) Kickstarter

Crowdfunding has been a very popular method to fund creative projects for many years now and Kickstarter has been at the forefront of this trend. Kickstarter helps creators find the resources they need to lauch their product by allowing users to contribute before the product is made.


8) Airbnb

Airbnb is a service that allows its members to rent out their apartements or rooms in their homes for short periods of times to travelers. They form a network of hotel-like rooms in 190+ countries and over 34000 cities.

9) Groupon

Offering the best deals and coupons in various locations, Groupon is a large e-commerce website built on Rails. It offers travel, goods and services in over 45 countries.

10) Goodreads

Goodreads is a personal favorite of mine, it is a web application where book lovers can discuss, recommend and review books. It is a great platform to create a to-read list and see what your friends have been reading.

As you can see, some of today’s most popular web applications have been built on the Ruby on Rails framework and future applications will continue to use this long lasting framework. For startups and young companies it’s the go-to programming language to learn, so get coding!

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Alexandre Ouellette

Alexandre Ouellette

Contributer to the CareerFoundry Blog

Alexandre Ouellette has been working in the tech industry for around seven years, and right now is working as an IT Technician in Ottawa, Canada. He studied web development with CareerFoundry.