50 of the Best Websites Developed Using Ruby on Rails

Rails has come a long way in the last few years, from the preserve of a vocal minority of maverick developers, to one of the most popular web frameworks around.

Its popularity is due to many things, but chief amongst them is the speed at which you can put together a site in Rails, as well as the intelligent and vibrant community that are involved in it.

Whilst there are some well known success stories using Ruby on Rails out there, the sheer number and diversity of Rails apps is astounding. In celebration of that, and partly to satisfy our own curiosity, we thought offer our round up of some of the best rails sites out there.

1. Basecamp

Basecamp
http://basecamphq.com/

An extremely popular, browser-based project collaboration tool.

2. Twitter

Twitter
http://twitter.com/

The ubiquitous social networking site.

3. Scribd

Scribd
http://www.scribd.com/

The world’s largest social publishing company.

4. Fanpop

Fanpop
http://www.fanpop.com/

A huge network of music, TV and movie fan clubs.

5. Geni

Geni
http://www.geni.com/

A great family tree building tool.

6. Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade
http://www.penny-arcade.com/

A webcomic, largely focused on video gaming.

7. Pitchfork

Pitchfork
http://pitchfork.com/

An online indie music mag.

8. Crazy Egg

Crazy Egg
http://crazyegg.com/

A heatmap tool that lets you visualize how users interact with your website.

9. Shopify

Shopify
http://www.shopify.com/

A popular e-commerce platform.

10. Github

Github
http://github.com/

A code hosting app with a strong social networking element.

11. Hulu

Hulu
http://www.hulu.com/

A TV channel streaming shows and movies from NBC, Fox, ABC and more.

12. Backpack

Backpack
http://backpackit.com/

From the makers of Basecamp, Backpack is an intranet for your business that lets you share anything and everything with your team.

13. Assembla

Aseembla
http://www.assembla.com/

A collaboration tool ideal for small teams.

14. Lighthouse

Lighthouse
http://lighthouseapp.com/

A superb project management app.

15. Wayfaring

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.wayfaring.com/

A tool for creating and sharing maps.

16. CommunityWalk

Community Walk
http://www.communitywalk.com/

Another map creating tool, which lets users incorporate photos and comments into maps they create.

17. Insiderpages

Insider Pages
http://www.insiderpages.com/

A place to find reviews of local businesses, from dentists to restaurants

18. Rentometer

Rentometer
http://www.rentometer.com/

Enter your address into this site to compare your rent with other local properties.

19. Menuism

Menuism
http://www.menuism.com/

A place to rate restaurants and read food reviews.

20. Campfire

Campfire
http://campfirenow.com/

An instant messaging tool designed for project specific groups.

22. Podomatic

Podomatic
http://www.podomatic.com/featured

A place to access a wealth of podcasts as well as event listings for many cities worldwide.

22. 43 Things

43 Things
http://www.43things.com/

A straightforward site for setting personal goals and viewing the goals of others.

23. Big Cartel

Big Cartel
http://bigcartel.com/

A simple, but trendy e-commerce platform.

24. DoodleKit

Doodlekit
http://doodlekit.com/home

An uncomplicated and accessible website builder.

25. feed.informer

Feed.informer
http://feed.informer.com/

An app for adding news and feed content to your website.

26. Inkling Markets

Inkling Markets
http://home.inklingmarkets.com/

A highly original site with a unique take on question asking and answering.

27. Swivel

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.swivel.com/

A site for sharing data in charts, graphs and tables.

28. Highrise

Highrise
http://highrisehq.com/

High-tech customer relationship management software.

29. Mypunchbowl

Mypunchbowl
http://www.mypunchbowl.com/

A suite of party planning tools for creating invites, buying supplies and much more.

30. oh, don’t forget…

Oh Don't Forget
http://ohdontforget.com/

A great way to send bulk and scheduled SMS messages.

31. Spiceworks

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.spiceworks.com/

A free, but professional quality solution for all things IT, from network management to software reporting.

32. Urban Dictionary

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.urbandictionary.com/

An online dictionary for pretty much every slang term used in the English-speaking world.

33. White Pages

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.whitepages.com/

An online directory for business and personal contact details.

34. XING

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.xing.com/

A place to network and make business contacts.

35. Justin.TV

Justin.tv
http://www.justin.tv/#r=ytWUZNE

A site where users can produce and share videos through their own “channels”.

36. Slideshare

Slideshare
http://www.slideshare.net/

A place to share PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF portfolios.

37. Jango

Jango
http://www.jango.com/

A free internet radio station.

38. AboutUs

About Us
http://www.aboutus.org/

A comprehensive wiki for the world’s best websites.

39. Luminosity

Luminosity
http://www.lumosity.com/

A suite of online games for brain development.

40. Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero
http://hub.guitarhero.com/

Website of the hugely successful computer game.

41. Chow

Chow
http://www.chow.com/

A recipe repository complete with restaurant listings and videos.

42. Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
http://bleacherreport.com/

A magazine covering all aspects of American sport.

43. Sortfolio

Sortfolio
http://sortfolio.com/

A place to find the perfect web designer for your needs.

44. More

More
http://www.more.com/

A style magazine for women, with fashion and make-up tips.

45. Howcast

Hosted by imgur.com
http://www.howcast.com/

A place to find instructional, how-to videos.

46. Miley World

Miley World
http://www.mileyworld.com/community/home

The home of Miley Cyrus’s official fan club.

47. iLike

ilike
http://www.ilike.com/

A site that provides concert alerts, recommendations and playlists, based on your favorite music.

48. Yardbarker

Yardbarker

http://www.yardbarker.com/

One of the best places to find sports news, rumors and videos.

49. Viewpoints

Viewpoints
http://www.viewpoints.com/

Find reviews on absolutely everything.

50. Tupalo

Tupalo.com
http://tupalo.com/

A place to find contact details and reviews of local restaurants, cafes, salons and shops.

And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. With the latest version(Rails 3) imminent it’s clear that it shows now sign of slowing down just yet; no doubt we can expect to see even more exciting and sophisticated websites and applications added to this list in the future.

30 comments ↓

#1 Pablo on 03.04.10 at 7:31 pm

Add Teambox somewhere :)
Bump!

#2 Jenna Molby on 03.04.10 at 8:54 pm

Great list of websites. I love Ruby on Rails, I’m in the middle of learning it right now.

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#4 ESN on 03.05.10 at 10:35 am

Thank you. This post really opened my eyes and made me realise just how many popular start-ups are using Ruby on Rails as their preferred technology.

#5 Mike on 03.05.10 at 10:42 am

Thanks for the nod to Tupalo! We’re happy to be among such great company in the list!

#6 SM on 03.05.10 at 11:35 am

Intresting collection. Thanks

#7 opensas on 03.05.10 at 12:32 pm

don’t forget redmine…
might not be visually stunning, but it’s a great tool!
http://www.redmine.org

#8 Sam Sutton on 03.05.10 at 3:58 pm

Well, we were really trying to focus on public-facing websites; but there’s no doubt Redmine is a useful tool, despite it’s rough edges; we use it on most of our projects here actually.

#9 Aurium on 03.05.10 at 5:54 pm

I love the social network Software Livre Brasil http://softwarelivre.org — That is in Ruby on Rails too.

#10 bob on 03.05.10 at 7:23 pm

soundcloud

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#12 john on 03.06.10 at 1:21 am

saw this in the paypal developer challenge http://nextsprocket.com, ruby on rails site where you can post and get paid for open source coding tasks. most of the tasks are ruby-based.

#13 Chris on 03.06.10 at 11:57 pm

Penny Arcade is written in Django.

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=99150

#14 Satish Talim on 03.07.10 at 2:23 am

What about some great websites developed using Ruby on Rails by Railists from outside of USA?

#15 imbenzene on 03.07.10 at 10:43 am

great collection…
impressive work.

#16 ghostchild504 on 03.07.10 at 5:39 pm

Twitter had to abandon R0R as it couldn’t scale to meet their requirements… perhaps not such a great advert for Ruby…

#17 Milan Dobrota on 03.08.10 at 3:06 pm

@ghostchild Twitter never abandoned RoR.
Tumblr should be on the list as well.

#18 Jared on 03.11.10 at 5:17 pm

I believe Posterous is written with Rails.

#19 CLR on 03.12.10 at 5:24 pm

Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope site: http://spitzer.caltech.edu/

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#21 Brian Burridge on 03.13.10 at 5:53 am

You’ve got to add http://www.peepnote.com to your list!

#22 Sam Sutton on 03.17.10 at 9:40 am

Hey, that’s a nice app. Cheers for pointing that one out – looks like we might have to put another list together!

#23 manohar on 03.17.10 at 11:57 am

add http://www.qlubb.com too..

#24 Justin Chen on 03.22.10 at 12:53 am

Great list! Thanks for including Menuism!

#25 Galen on 03.22.10 at 10:00 pm

You forgot http://www.estately.com/ !

#26 Jon keefe on 03.23.10 at 11:36 am

Rails is a great platform from 37Signals. If you like ther stuff and use Basecamp then you should have a look at http://www.bctoolkit.com. Using it alongside Basecamp will enable you to get productivity info from your Basecamp data like for example time spent vs time estimated on projects and time spent vs overall time available. Cheers
Jon

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#28 sharma on 04.17.10 at 12:59 pm

Good collection……….! Thanks for information

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