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Multimedia storytelling for the web. Built in cooperation with WDR.

For a high level introduction and example Pageflow stories see


For instructions on how to update from a prior version of the gem see
Updating Pageflow
wiki page.


Pageflow is a Rails engine which roughly consists of the following

  • A full MVC stack to manage and display Pageflow stories
  • User and permission management with support for isolated accounts and user collaboration
  • A client side application for live preview editing of stories
  • Background jobs to process and encode images, audios and videos
  • Generators to quickly bootstrap a new Rails application

Pageflow assumes the following choice of libraries:


Pageflow runs in environments with:

  • Ruby >= 2.1 (see .travis.yml for supported versions)
  • Node >= 10.18
  • Rails 4.2
  • Redis server (for Resque)
  • A database server supported by Active Record (tested with MySQL)
  • ImageMagick
  • Audio Waveform Image Generator

Accounts of the following cloud services have to be registered:


Generate a new Rails application using the MySQL database adapter:

$ rails new my_pageflow --database=mysql
$ cd my_pageflow

Do not name your application "pageflow" since it will cause conflicts
which constant names created by Pageflow itself.

Database Setup

Enter valid MySQL credentials inside config/database.yml and create
the database:

$ rake db:create

Gem Dependencies

Add these lines to your application's Gemfile, replacing X.Y.Z with
the current Pageflow version number. It is recommended to depend on a
specific minor version using the pessimistic version constraint
operator. See Pageflow's
versioning policy
for details.

# Gemfile
gem 'pageflow', '~> X.Y.Z'

# The install generator sets up Resque as Active Job backend
gem 'resque', '~> 1.25'
gem 'resque-scheduler', '~> 2.5'
gem 'ar_after_transaction', '~> 0.5.0'
gem 'redis', '~> 3.0'
gem 'redis-namespace', '~> 1.5'

Run bundler to install dependencies:

$ bundle install

Running the Generator

Now you can run the generator to setup Pageflow and its dependencies:

$ rails generate pageflow:install

The generator will invoke Active Admin and Devise generators in turn
and apply some configuration changes. When asked to overwrite the
db/seeds.rb file, choose yes.

To better understand Pageflow's configuration choices, you can run the
single steps of the install generator one by one. See the wiki page
The Install Generator in Detail
for more. If you'd rather not look behind the scenes for now, you can
safely read on.

Database Migration

Now you can migrate the database.

$ rake db:migrate

Finally, you can populate the database with some example data, so
things do not look too blank in development mode.

$ rake db:seed


Pageflow stores files in S3 buckets also in development
mode. Otherwise there's no way to have Zencoder encode them. See
[setting up external services](./doc/setting_up_external_services.md).

The host application can utilize environment variables to configure the API keys for S3 and Zencoder. The variables can be found in the generated Pageflow initializer.

For available configuration options and examples see the inline docs
in config/initializers/pageflow.rb in your generated rails app.

Ensure you have defined default url options in your environments
files. Here is an example of default_url_options appropriate for a
development environment in config/environments/development.rb:

config.action_mailer.default_url_options = {host: 'localhost:3000'}

In production, :host should be set to the actual host of your

Running Pageflow

In addition to the Rails server, you need to start two Rake tasks for
the background job processing. These tasks are listed in Procfile which
is generated in the project root folder by the Pageflow installer.

Consider using the foreman gem to start all of
these processes (including the Rails server) with a single command in your
development environment.

The built-in Resque web server is mounted at /background_jobs. Use it to
inspect the state of background jobs, and restart failed jobs. This functionality
is only available for admins.


If you run into problems during the installation of Pageflow, please refer to the [Troubleshooting](doc/troubleshooting.md) docs. If that doesn't help, consider filing an issue.

Security Policy



Pull requests are welcome on GitHub at
https://github.com/codevise/pageflow. Everyone interacting in the
project's codebases, issue trackers and mailing lists is expected to
follow the
code of conduct.

See the
Contributing section
in the guides list for instructions on how to setup your development
environment. The
GitHub wiki
contains high level guides on common development workflows.


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

Special Thanks

Built in cooperation with:


We would like to express our special thanks to the following services
for supporting Pageflow through free open source plans: