Published On: April 2nd, 20245 min read

We have done some research on Ruby on Rails and want to share some findings with you. You will be surprised to find that many of your favorite sites are built with this framework, that too of a great variety of functions. You will find jobs, education, fun, music, sports, traveling, photography and what not! So, let’s check out some of the amazing sites that use the very elegant and very in-demand Ruby on Rails.

Top 13 Websites built with Ruby on Rails

In a previous blog we have mentioned that startups tend to choose Ruby on Rails for a variety of reason. Same reasons reflect here. These 13 popular websites use the framework or at least these were built with Ruby on Rails initially.

1. Airbnb

Airbnb is a frequent reference site from clients. This is one of the most good looking, well functional and responsive sites on the web. It was built with Ruby on Rails from scratch.


Airbnb – a Ruby on Rails website

This is a listing site for renting out lodging. It has over 800,000 listing from 33,000 all over the world. Users create profile and upload lodging they want to rent. Other users can rate, review and recommend. There is also option to contact privately.

2. Shopify

Shopify is SaaS e-commerce platform. Basically, the merchants subscribes and uses Shopify for selling their product online or in store. Shopify was developed by Lütke in Ruby on Rails. He spent two months to develop the e-commerce platform for their snowboarding website. Interestingly, he did it because he was very dissatisfied with the existing platforms. In 2006, Shopify opened up to merchant and began enjoying significant growth.

Shopify – a Ruby on Rails website

3. Groupon

Groupon is a deal of the day platform that issues discounted gift certificate a buy can use at variety of stores. Groupon was initially build with Ruby on Rails. It has enjoyed significant growth and now has 3 billion+ market capitalization. However, its business model has been heavily criticized since it inception. The criticism has been further bolstered by steady decline in sales and the ousting of the Founder-CEO Mr. Andrew D. Mason.

Groupon – a Ruby on Rails website

4. Bloomberg

Bloomberg is a private software, data and media company. It currently employs 15000 employees. Bloomberg provides analytical and stock trading platform, data and news services to companies through Bloomberg terminal.

Bloomberg – a Ruby on Rails website

5. SoundCloud

SoundCloud is a social platform for sound. It is like audio youtube where anybody can upload any sound or tunes and share them publicly or privately. Today, everyone is on multiple social platform. This has added a new dimension to SoundCloud. It is growing everyday and becoming a concern for other paid platform like iTunes and Google Play.

SoundCloud – a Ruby on Rails website

6. Square

Square is making commerce easier for both enterprises and consumers. It was co-founded by co-founder Dorsey. It makes credit card readers and stands that are attached with phones and tables. Users swap cards through these readers and make purchases.

Square – a Ruby on Rails website

7. Github

The hub is the social platform for programmers. Git works a repository where coders push codes and conduct review. It is a leading website for code share. If you are a programmer/ developer applying for a job, many times perhaps you have noticed employers asking for your Github username to see your work. Github significantly facilitates the development of web application.


Github – a Ruby on Rails website

8. Slideshare

Another site built with Ruby on Rails is Slideshare. Slideshare is one of the most popular education and e-learning platform. It hosts different presentation slides and documents from users. Headed by CEO and Co-founder Ms. Rashmi Sinha, Slideshare is growing in popularity every day. It supports PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote and OpenDocument and also it hosts variety of documents from users.

Slideshare – a Ruby on Rails website


9. 500px

A global photography network and app where over 15 million creatives discover and share incredible photos, gain meaningful exposure, test their work, and earn money through licensing and brand partnership opportunities.


10. Dribbble

This is an online community for showcasing user-made artwork, which functions as a self-promotion and networking platform for graphic design, web design, illustration, photography, and other creative areas.

Dribbble Made with Ruby


11. Twitter

Through this online news and social networking service, users post and interact with messages known as “tweets” – from breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics. 

Apps Made with Ruby | Twitter | Nascenia


12. Fiverr

world’s largest freelance services marketplace for lean entrepreneurs to focus on growth & create a successful business at affordable costs.

Apps Made with Ruby | Fiverr | Nascenia


13. Scribd

This Ruby on Rails site helps the world to read, discover and share. It is a digital library, e-book and audiobook subscription service that includes one million titles. Scribd hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform.

Apps Made with Ruby | Scribd | Nascenia


The article merely introduces the sites, does not go into technicalities. The purpose was to show you that there are many strong web platform that use the Ruby on Rails. If you are interested to use Ruby on Rails for your next project, you can choose Ruby on Rails and for that, you can consider our Nascenia team.

Contributor: Mushtahir Aziz Rahman, Business Executive, Nascenia
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