Everything you need to know to install Rails and create your first application.
Active Model allows you to create plain Ruby objects that integrate with Action Pack, but don't need Active Record for database persistence. Active Model also helps build custom ORMs for use outside of the Rails framework. This guide provides you with all you need to get started using Active Model classes.
Migrations are a feature of Active Record that allows you to evolve your database schema over time. Rather than write schema modifications in pure SQL, migrations allow you to use a Ruby DSL to describe changes to your tables.
Active Record allows your models to interact with the application's database. This guide will get you started with Active Record models and persistence to the database.
Validations are used to ensure that only valid data is saved into your database. This guide teaches you how to validate the state of objects before they go into the database, using Active Record's validations feature.
Callbacks make it possible to write code that will run whenever an object is created, updated, destroyed, etc. This guide teaches you how to hook into this object life cycle of Active Record objects.
In Active Record, an association is a connection between two Active Record models. This guide covers all the associations provided by Active Record.
Instead of using raw SQL to find database records, Active Record provides better ways to carry out the same operations. This guide covers different ways to retrieve data from the database using Active Record.
Action View has helpers for handling everything from formatting dates and linking to images, to sanitizing and localizing content. This guide introduces a few of the more common Action View helpers.
This guide covers the basic layout features of Action Controller and Action View, including rendering and redirecting, using content_for blocks, and working with partials.
HTML forms can quickly become tedious to write and maintain because of the need to handle form control naming and its numerous attributes. Rails does away with this complexity by providing view helpers for generating form markup.
Action View is responsible for generating the HTML for web responses. This guide provides an introduction to Action View.
The Rails router recognizes URLs and dispatches them to a controller's action. This guide covers the user-facing features of Rails routing. If you want to understand how to use routing in your own Rails applications, start here.
Action Controllers are the core of a web request in Rails. This guide covers how controllers work and how they fit into the request cycle of your application. It includes sessions, filters, cookies, data streaming, and dealing with exceptions raised by a request, among other topics.
Active Job is a framework for declaring background jobs and making them run on a variety of queuing backends. This guide provides you with all you need to get started creating, enqueuing, and executing background jobs.
Active Storage facilitates uploading files to a cloud storage service, transforming uploads and extracting metadata. This guide covers how to attach files to your Active Record models.
This guide provides you with all you need to get started in sending emails from your application, and many internals of Action Mailer.
This guide describes how to use Action Text to handle rich text content.
This guide describes how to use Action Mailbox to receive emails.
Active Support provides Ruby language extensions and utilities. It enriches the Ruby language for the development of Rails applications, and for the development of Ruby on Rails itself.
Action Cable integrates WebSockets with the rest of your Rails application. It allows for real-time features to be written in Ruby in the same style and form as the rest of your Rails application. This guide explains how Action Cable works, and how to use WebSockets to create real-time features.
This guide is an introduction to speeding up your Rails application with caching.
This guide introduces ways to manage exceptions that occur in Ruby on Rails applications.
This guide explains how to effectively use Rails to develop a JSON API application.
This guide documents how to migrate Rails applications from `classic` to `zeitwerk` mode.
This guide covers PostgreSQL specific usage of Active Record.
This is a rather comprehensive guide to the various testing facilities in Rails. It covers everything from 'What is a test?' to Integration Testing. Enjoy.
This guide describes common security problems in web applications and how to avoid them with Rails.
This guide covers how to add internationalization to your applications. Your application will be able to translate content to different languages, change pluralization rules, use correct date formats for each country, and so on.
This guide covers using multiple databases in your application.
This guide explains the internals of the initialization process in Rails. It is an extremely in-depth guide and recommended for advanced Rails developers.
There are a few commands that are absolutely critical to your everyday usage of Rails. This guide covers the command line tools provided by Rails.
This guide explains how to use the instrumentation API inside of Active Support to measure events inside of Rails and other Ruby code.
This guide covers encrypting your database information using Active Record.
This guide documents how autoloading and reloading constants work (Zeitwerk mode).
This guide describes how to debug Rails applications. It covers the different ways of achieving this and how to understand what is happening "behind the scenes" of your code.
This guide covers the basic configuration settings for a Rails application.
This guide covers how to build a plugin to extend the functionality of Rails.
Engines can be considered miniature applications that provide additional functionality to their host applications. In this guide you will learn how to create your own engine and integrate it with a host application.
This guide covers the process of adding a brand new generator to your extension or providing an alternative to an element of a built-in Rails generator (such as providing alternative test stubs for the scaffold generator).
This guide describes the considerations needed and tools available when working directly with concurrency in a Rails application.
This guide covers Rails integration with Rack and interfacing with other Rack components.
Rails is not "someone else's framework". This guide covers a variety of ways that you can get involved in the ongoing development of Rails.
This guide documents the Ruby on Rails guides guidelines.
This guide documents the Ruby on Rails API documentation guidelines.
What versions of Ruby on Rails are currently supported, and when to expect new versions.
Release notes for Rails 2.2.
Release notes for Rails 3.0.
Release notes for Rails 4.1.
Release notes for Rails 6.0.
Release notes for Rails 5.0.
Release notes for Rails 3.1.
Release notes for Rails 5.2.
This guide provides steps to be followed when you upgrade your applications to a newer version of Ruby on Rails.
Release notes for Rails 4.0.
Release notes for Rails 4.2.
Release notes for Rails 2.3.
Release notes for Rails 7.0.
Release notes for Rails 6.1.
Release notes for Rails 3.2.
Release notes for Rails 5.1.
Release notes for Rails 7.1.