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Motor Admin

if ActiveAdmin and Blazer had a baby

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Low-code Admin panel and Business intelligence Rails engine. No DSL - configurable from the UI. Rails Admin, Active Admin, Blazer modern alternative.

Back-end stack

Front-end stack

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[![Motor Admin Rails](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/5418788/140520844-a947845d-b579-4b3f-9b49-c539ad3cf580.png)](https://www.getmotoradmin.com/ruby-on-rails) # Motor Admin Rails Low-code Admin panel and Business intelligence Rails engine **(no DSL - configurable from the UI)**. 🤓 [Demo App](https://app.getmotoradmin.com/demo/) | 👀 [Features overview](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngVoci8Hll4&list=PLu7llEMh0KcOkR3Uy_RJT0cXPZQKAYVsq&index=1) | ⭐ [Pro](https://www.getmotoradmin.com/ruby-on-rails)

Admin Panel


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'motor-admin'

And then execute:
$ bundle install

Create and run migration:
$ rails motor:install && rake db:migrate



  • Multiple databases support
  • Audit log
  • Live collaboration notes
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Custom styling
  • Personalized report alerts via Slack
  • Full-text search
  • Shareable forms and reports
  • learn more

Customizable CRUD

Resource settings

Settings UI

Everything in the admin panel can be configured using the intuitive settings UI, which can be opened via the icon in the top right corner.

Data displayed on the resource page can be completely customized via SQL queries and dashboards attached to the resource as a tab. Usually, queries used to display resource data should contain {{resource_name_id}} variable.

Learn more about resource customizations

Custom Actions

Custom actions

Custom resource actions can be added via Active Record method call, API endpoint, or custom forms. Also, it's possible to override default create/update/delete actions.

Virtual attributes

Any ActiveRecord model method or attribute can be exposed to the admin panel by adding a new column with the name that matches the method name from the resource model:

class Customer < ApplicationRecord
  has_many :orders

  def lifetime_value

Virtual attribute

Forms Builder

Custom form

Values from the form fields can be used in API path via {field_name} syntax: /api/some-endpoint/{resource_id}/apply.

Learn more about custom forms builder

SQL Queries

SQL query

Queries can include embedded variables via {{variable}} syntax (mustache). {{#variable}} ... {{/variable}} syntax allows to decide if conditions inside the scope should be included in the query.

Data Visualization


Data from the SQL query can be represented as: table, number, line chart, bar chart, pie chart, funnel, markdown.



SQL queries can be organized into dashboards to create a convenient representation of the data.

Email Alerts

Email alert

Query data can be sent via email periodically using the alerts feature. Interval of the alert email can be specified using natural language, e.g., every day at midnight, every Monday at 8 PM, every weekday at 6AM and 6PM, every minute.

Sender address can be specified using MOTOR_ALERTS_FROM_ADDRESS environment variable.

Intelligence Search

Intelligence search

Intelligence search can be opened via the top right corner button or using Cmd + K shortcut.


Motor Admin allows to set row-level and column-level permissions via cancan gem. Admin UI permissions should be defined in app/models/motor/ability.rb file in Motor::Ability class. See Motor Admin guide and CanCan documentation to learn how to define user permissions.


Motor Admin can use Rails ActiveRecord i18n keys to render resource translations:

        one: Cliente
        other: Clientes
        name: Nombre
        enabled: Activado

Optimized for Mobile


Configurations Sync

All admin panel configurations are automatically stored in the config/motor.yml file. It's recommended to include this file in the application git repository to always have the admin panel configurations in sync across different local and remote environments.

It's possible to sync local development admin panel configurations with remote production application via rake motor:sync task:

MOTOR_SYNC_REMOTE_URL=https://remote-app-url/ MOTOR_SYNC_API_KEY=secure-random-string rake motor:sync


Admin panel can be secured with 'Basic authentication' by specifying MOTOR_AUTH_USERNAME and MOTOR_AUTH_PASSWORD environment variables.

Alternatively, it can be secured with devise or any other authentication library used by the application:

authenticate :admin_user do
  mount Motor::Admin => '/admin'


Start webpack dev server:

yarn install && yarn serve

Setup development database:

rake app:db:create && rake app:db:setup

Start example application in development mode:



The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.