Active Admin – Open Source Ruby On Rails Framework For Building Admin Interfaces

Active Admin is a Ruby on Rails plugin for creating functional and good-looking back-end (administration) interfaces.

The interface is designed to be easy-to-use for non-technical users and flexible for developers.

By default, the plugin installs Devise, a widely-used authentication solution for Rails, in order to handle system users.


It can display data in different views (like grid, table, block or blog)  that can be paginated or filtered and every data displayed can be exported as XML, JSON or CVS.

Forms can be created and customized very quickly, thanks to the nice DSL created by Formtastic.

And, it is possible to design every page in many ways like using multiple grids, sidebar sections and more.

  1. Reply Junio Vitorino May 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Hi, i really love active_admin and i’m thinking seriously use it in my next project. Do you know if we can change the theme of admin (color and icons)?

  2. Reply Naveen Kumar Madipally July 1, 2011 at 6:57 AM


    I have installed and configured this in my application, when i browse the localhost:3000/admin , it asked for login page, after logging, it is asked to check out the dashboard.rb.

    Can any body provide proper documentation , how to use it.

  3. Reply aji July 17, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    @naveen: maybe this link can help you

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