Rails 3

The third generation of Ruby on Rails brings some major improvements and fixes over previous versions. Some of the highlights include a new Active Record query engine, a new router for Action Controller, a completely rewritten Action Mailer, dependency management with Bundler, XSS protection by default, better handling of character encoding, improvements to Active Model, an official plugins API and many other minor improvements. For more information see the Rails 3 release notes.

Getting Started

Running your Rails 3 applications on Brightbox is as easy as you've come to expect, we've added full Rails 3 support to our Rails stack and deployment tools to make things as simple as possible. Here we cover how to get started with Rails 3.

The official Ruby on Rails documentation and Rails guides have been updated to reflect the changes in Rails 3 and make a great starting point.


  • Ruby >= 1.8.7 or 1.9.2
  • Rubygems >= 1.3.7
  • Brightbox deployment gem >= 2.3.7
  • librack-ruby >= 1.1.0 (Passenger only)


Lucid and Precise based Brightboxes include 1.8.7 by default. Ruby 1.9.x is also supported.

Brightbox deployment gem

For full Rails 3 support, Brightbox gem version 2.3.7 or later is required, if you're using an older version you'll need to update like so.

sudo gem install brightbox

Don't forget to update the brightbox-server-tools gem on your Brightboxes too!

sudo gem install brightbox-server-tools


If you're using Passenger you'll need librack-ruby >= 1.1.0. Newly built Hardy and Lucid Brightboxes include 1.1.0 by default but if you're using a box built a while ago you can upgrade like so.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install librack-ruby1.8


If you're using Bundler to handle dependencies (recommended) for your Rails 3 app you don't need to do anything, the Rails 3 gem will be installed automatically the first time you deploy your application on a Brightbox. If for some reason you're not using Bundler you'll either need to add a manual gem dependency to your deployment recipe or install by hand like so.

sudo gem install rails -v3.0.0
docs/rails3.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/10 16:56 by johnleach