Active Admin

Active Admin Documentation

Active Admin is a framework for creating administration style interfaces. It abstracts common business application patterns to make it simple for developers to implement beautiful and elegant interfaces with very little effort.

An elegant DSL built for developer productivity.

Get started with one line of code or customize the entire interface with the provided DSL.

# app/admin/posts.rb
ActiveAdmin.register Product do

  # Create sections on the index screen
  scope :all, :default => true
  scope :available
  scope :drafts

  # Filterable attributes on the index screen
  filter :title
  filter :author, :as => :select, :collection => lambda{ Product.authors }
  filter :price
  filter :created_at

  # Customize columns displayed on the index screen in the table
  index do
    column :title
    column "Price", :sortable => :price do |product|
      number_to_currency product.price


Documentation & Support

Getting Started

Active Admin is released as a Ruby Gem. The gem is to be installed within a Ruby on Rails 3 application. To install, simply add the following to your Gemfile:

gem 'activeadmin'

After updating your bundle, run the installer

$ rails generate active_admin:install

The installer creates an initializer used for configuring defaults used by Active Admin as well as a new folder at app/admin to put all your admin configurations.
Migrate your db and start the server:

$ rake db:migrate 

$ rails server

Visit localhost:3000/admin and log in using:
  • User:
  • Password: password
Voila! You’re on your brand new Active Admin dashboard.
To register your first model, run:

$ rails generate active_admin:resource [MyModelName]

This creates a file at app/admin/my_model_names.rb for configuring the resource. Refresh your web browser to see the interface.


When upgrading to a new version of ActiveAdmin you may need to run

$ rails generate active_admin:assets

Next Steps

Tools Being Used

We believe strongly in not writing code unless we have to, so Active Admin is built using many other open source projects:
InheritedResources  Inherited Resources speeds up development by making your controllers inherit all restful actions so you just have to focus on what is important.
Formtastic A DSL for semantically building amazing forms.
Devise User authentication is done using Devise
Kaminari Pagination for rails apps
Iconic Icons Excellent SVG icon set designed by P.J. Onori:
*This post source come from the active admin github.


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