Marcin Doliwa

Top 10 most popular Rails repositories to get familiar with real-world apps.

I started working as a Rails developer 4 years ago, after almost 10 years off-break from coding. I learned Ruby and Ruby on Rails by doing some tutorials and building small projects. When I got my first job offer I was a little scared as I was not familiar with large, existing codebases. All I knew were my little pet projects.

If you are in the same spot as I was a few years ago, or you’re just curious how others do this. Here is the list of the top 10 most popular Ruby on Rails repositories on GitHub.

  1. Discourse - discussion platform
  2. Mastodon - social network server based on ActivityPub
  3. GitLab - end-to-end software development platform
  4. Forem - software for building communities (powers dev.to)
  5. diaspora* - privacy-aware, distributed, open source social network
  6. Postal - complete and fully featured mail server for use by websites & web servers
  7. chatwoot - Customer engagement suite, an open-source alternative to Intercom, Zendesk etc.
  8. OpenProject - web-based project management software
  9. Canvas LMS - Learning management system
  10. Peatio - open-source crypto currency exchange

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