Appliance category: 

Ruby on Rails

Web Application Framework

Ruby on Rails is an open-source web framework that's optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. Written in Ruby, Rails lets you write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration. The result is a web framework that allows you to transition from idea to implementation in a very short period of time.

Stable version: 18.0 (changelog)

This appliance includes all the standard features in TurnKey Core, and on top of that:

  • SSL support out of the box.
  • Webmin modules for configuring Apache2, and MySQL.
  • Ruby on Rails configuration:
    • Deployment via Phusion Passenger for Apache (mod_rails)
    • Preconfigured example Rails application located at /var/www/railsapp
    • MySQL databases setup for production, development and testing.
  • RubyGems package manager installed from upstream tarball
    • APT and RubyGems are both package management systems and may potentially conflict.
    • We recommend using RubyGems for managing Rails components (called gems), and APT for everything else.
    • Essential build packages (build-essentials) are included to aid in building gems.

Upgrading RubyGems itself and Rails components (gems):

gem update --system
gem update

See the Ruby on Rails docs for further details.

Usage details & Logging in for Administration

No default passwords: For security reasons there are no default passwords. All passwords are set at system initialization time.

Ignore SSL browser warning: browsers don't like self-signed SSL certificates, but this is the only kind that can be generated automatically without paying a commercial Certificate Authority.

Web - point your browser at either:

  1. - not encrypted so no browser warning
  2. - encrypted with self-signed SSL certificate

Username for database administration:

  • MySQL command line tool; log in as root (no password required):
    $ mysql --user root
    Enter password:
    Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
    Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
  • Username for OS system administration:

    Login as root except on AWS marketplace which uses username admin.

  1. Point your browser to:
  2. Login with SSH client:
    ssh root@

    Special case for AWS marketplace:

    ssh admin@

* Replace with a valid IP or hostname.