Ruby on Rails

Popular Websites Built with Ruby on Rails

By Alex B. April 26th, 2016

Ruby on Rails is one of the most popular frameworks nowadays. A great increase in the number of Ruby coders started about 10 years ago is mainly explained by the launch of this framework.

The framework has become the best choice for startups thanks to a number of factors: fast web development, great ecosystem and community, open-source and free, flexible and adaptable. It is actively used in e-commerce as well and introduced in many CMS platforms. Ruby on Rails is one of the best technologies that manages website complexity with ease due to the Ruby language and a big amount of gems.

Let's see how the framework is presented in the most popular web ideas. 





A web-based project management tool created in 2004.

Basecamp opens the list as it was the first app built with Ruby on Rails. The framework was invented by David Heinemeier Hansson, a partner at Basecamp. Many ideas implemented in the company were used to enhance the framework.  




GitHub is often called “a social network for developers”. It is one of the most popular web-based git repository hosting services.

Rubyists were founders and early followers of this service. As a result, the growing Ruby community made GitHub so popular.


It is a live streaming video platform and community for gamers launched in 2011. The service was built with Ruby on Rails, the ideal framework to develop fast and within a limited budget.

Over last 5 years Twitch managed to reach the monthly audience of over 55 million people. The service gave rise to a number of streaming stars who may earn up to $100,000  annually. 




The biggest social sound platform that enables anyone to create sounds and share them everywhere.

Like other startups SoundCloud was built as a single, monolith Ruby on Rails application. Now most of its products are written in Scall, Clojure and JRuby. 




It is a popular slide sharing service. It was officially started in 2006 and acquired by LinkedIn in 2012.  Today Slideshare is one of the most visited websites built in Ruby on Rails.  




Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It is like a social reading network. Founded in 2007 it can boast of about 50 million members. 




It is a global e-commerce marketplace. It is the largest marketplace connecting millions of users worldwide.

Ruby on Rails offers a high level of interaction and works as a perfect solution for e-commerce. So it is not surprising this frameworks was chosen to create a marketplace. 




Airbnb is a website to find lodging all over the world.  It is one of the most popular startups founded back in 2008.

Covering more than 34000 cities and 191 countries it is definitely the biggest website in its niche.



Ruby on Rails is a symbol of startup culture. It can be easily proved from the examples above. Many popular websites and applications selected it for a quick start and continued adding more complex functionality later on. Today they are not monolith Ruby on Rails apps but rather solutions with multiple technologies and the Ruby framework at the core.  

The framework encourages people to share their creative ideas.

Alex B.

Alex B.

Project Manager at iKantam

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