Created: 2011-07-15 16:44
Updated: 2014-02-02 18:21
License: mit

Refinery CMS

An open source Ruby on Rails content management system for Rails 3.

Refinery also supports Rails 2.x using the Rails 2.x stable branch. More information at


How to

Getting Started

If you're new to Refinery, start with this guide:

What's it good at?

Refinery is great for sites where the client needs to be able to update their website themselves without being bombarded with anything too complicated.

Unlike other content managers, Refinery is truly aimed at the end user making it easy for them to pick up and make changes themselves.

For developers

  • Easily customise the look to suit the business.
  • Extend with custom engines to do anything Refinery doesn't do out of the box.
  • Sticks to "the Rails way" as much as possible; we don't force you to learn new templating languages.
  • Uses jQuery for fast and concise Javascript.

Refinery Dashboard

Wanna see Refinery for yourself? Try the demo

Help and Documentation



Images & Files

  • Easily upload and insert images.
  • Upload and link to resources such as PDF documents.
  • Uses the popular Dragonfly.
  • Supports storage on Amazon S3.


  • Collect inquiries from a contact form.
  • Manage your inquiries and be notified when new ones come in.
  • Checks new inquiries for spam.



  • Get an overview of what has been updated recently and see recent inquiries.

Authentication & Users

  • Manage who can access Refinery.
  • Control which engines each user has access to.
  • Uses the popular devise.

...Want more? Extend with Engines

Extend Refinery easily by running the Refinery engine generator

rails generate refinery_engine

to get help on how to use that. Or read the full documentation on writing engines for Refinery

Popular Engines

  • Blog - A simple blogging engine that supports posts, categories and comments (with moderation support if you choose to enable it)
  • Portfolio - manage groups of images like an image gallery.
  • News - post and manage news items.

Full engine list here

Example Site Showcase

List here (add your link when you're done)


Refinery is released under the MIT license and is copyright (c) 2005-2011 Resolve Digital


Many of the icons used in Refinery CMS are from the wonderful Silk library by Mark James.

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