Examples of Websites using Ruby on Rails

If you’ve never heard of it before, or you’re considering learning Ruby on Rails, you might be wondering who’s currently using it, and what could you build if you do decide to learn it.

Remember, Rails has been around for a while. It’s what some people might call a mature framework. So you will see some big players in this list.

Even though you could build apps like the following by yourself, that might not be realistic. All of the examples that follow were build using development teams, not solo developers.


Basecamp is a popular project management SaaS application.

DHH (author of Rails) has extracted the Ruby on Rails framework from Basecamp, and made it publicly available, as an open-source project.

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The most popular web-based version control hosting services founded in 2008.

It has over 28 million registered users, and over 85 million repositories.


It’s an all-inclusive, cheap, and easy to use cloud-based commerce platform used by over 600,000 businesses in approximately 175 countries.

Shopify started with just 5 people working from coffee shops. It found a market, and it grew to more than 3000 employees.

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Airbnb is a marketplace where people can lease or rent short-term lodging.

Its journey to product/market fit is famous among startup founders.


Twitch is a live streaming video platform. It focuses mostly on video game streaming but you can find a lot of cool streams on it.

From coding streams to electronics, hacking, you name it.

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It’s a cloud-based publishing too for music distribution with 175 million users.

You can share your music (or sounds, podcasts, etc.) on SoundCloud, and embed them into your site.


Hulu is a video streaming service, similar to Netflix, which offers premium video content from television shows to movies.

It has over 20 million subscribers in the U.S.

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A customer service and engagement platform, Zendesk servers over 125.000 paid accounts in 160 countries, and 40+ languages.


Square helps companies accept payments through mobile devices.

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If you’re looking for a simple CRM, Highrise looks pretty cool. I like how the design is distinct from all the other apps out there.


A chat system and more.

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New Relic

New Relic gives you insights into the performance of your Rails application.


The most popular forum platform these days.

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A community site for photographers.

A List Apart

A List Apart is a collection of articles for people who make websites.

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Dribbble is a community of designers who learn from each other by sharing their work.


It’s a very popular freelancing platform.

You can find a lot of freelancers here that can help you with your project.

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Goodreads is a community of book readers to discover and review books.


The most popular crowd-funding application.

If you have an idea for a product, you can try to get it funded through Kickstarter.

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The leading application for tracking your calories.


If you like to read, Scribd offers books, magazines, and audiobooks by subscription.

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An easy way to upload, share and discover slides, presentations, infographics, etc.

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