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Create and run your first Rails application

This tutorial will show you how to create and run the most simple Rails project in RubyMine.

Before starting this tutorial, do the following:

We'll perform all steps using RubyMine installed on macOS.

Create a Rails application

To create a Rails application from scratch, do the following:

  1. Run RubyMine and click New Project on the Welcome Screen.

    Welcome screen
  2. In the New Project dialog, select Application in the Rails group on the left pane and specify the following settings:

    New Project dialog: Rails application
    • Name: specify a name for the project (rails-helloworld in our case).

    • Location: specify a path to the directory in which you want to create the project. By default, RubyMine creates a directory with the same name as the project.

    • Interpreter: select a Ruby interpreter that you want to use in your project.

    • Rails version: select a Rails version that you want to use in your project. If the Rails gem is not installed in the selected SDK or the necessary Rails version is missing, click the Install Rails Gem button in the field. Wait until RubyMine downloads all available Rails versions and select the necessary version from the dropdown. Click OK to continue.

      Install rails gem

      If the selected version is not installed yet, RubyMine will install it upon project creation.

    After you’ve specified all the options, click Create in the New Project dialog.

  3. RubyMine creates a new Rails application, installs the gem dependencies mentioned in Gemfile, and installs JavaScript dependencies mentioned in the project's package.json file. You can see this process in the Run tool window.

    Generating Rails Application for a project
  4. After installing all dependencies, you can see a project structure in the Project tool window (Alt+1) on the left. On the right, RubyMine automatically opens main project files in the editor.

    New Rails Application

    If you have Git installed in your operating system, generating a new Rails application also initializes a Git repository. You can learn how to work with Version control systems in RubyMine from the Version control section.

Start a web server

Now we have a functioning Rails application. To see it in action, you need to start a web server. Perform the following steps to do this:

  1. Press Ctrl twice and start typing development.

  2. Select the Development run configuration from the list and press Enter.

    Run Development configuration
  3. RubyMine will show the process of preparing the application to run.

    Rails server output
  4. Copy the address used by a web server, insert it to the browser’s address bar and press Enter to see the Rails default information page.

    Rails default page

Create a controller and view

Now let’s create a new page. To do this, you need to create a controller and a view.

  1. Press Ctrl twice and start typing controller. In the invoked list, select rails g controller and press Enter.

    rails g controller
  2. In the invoked Add New Controller dialog, set the controller name to Welcome and add one action called index. Click OK.

    Add New Controller
  3. RubyMine will create a controller, view, and several other files. This process will be displayed in the Run tool window. In this window, click the index.html.erb file.

    generate script output
  4. In the opened index.html.erb file, delete all of the existing code in the file, and replace it with the following single line of code:

    <h1>Hello, Rails!</h1>
  5. To see the result, hover over the view code, and then select the desired browser from the pop-up.

    Show in browser
  6. The index page will be opened in a selected browser.

    Hello Rails
Last modified: 11 February 2024