Railfrog is a user-friendly, open-source website deployment and content management system built with Ruby on Rails, producing well structured and standards-compliant pages with Web 2.0 goodness. Railfrog makes it easy for developers, designers, webmasters, or just about anyone else to deploy and manage a website.

2009-04-03: Well, well… there’s movement in the pond again. Railfrog has been quietly powering several commercial sites for almost 3 years now, has been updated to Rails 2.x, and has even moved development to GitHub — it’s still fairly quiet around here, though. But there are whisperings that the pond is reawakening, that springtime is here again (well, at least for one half of the planet) and that Railfrog is moving; to Rails 2.3, and back to the vision of the original proposal. If you'd like to get involved as we start the engines again, please stop by at the mailing list.

2007-07-03: Railfrog is under active development again!

2006-10-01: We've finally reached the point where Railfrog CMS is stable and fast enough for more general use - and we're celebrating by updating the home page! We've archived Robert Pierce's inspirational A Modest Proposal post, which started the frogs hopping, and at the moment we have instead a bunch of links to the Railfrog wiki. Next up will be the 0.6.0 release, plugin developments, then Liquid layouts, Markdown, Textile and the rest. And we're calling it Railfrog, rather than RailFrog, rAiLfRoG or whatever. Stay tuned :-)

2006-09-06: RailFrog is released and we're asking for testers. This release is running commercial sites (as well as the site you're reading right now), please see our roadmap to see where we're planning to jump next.

Documentation is still pretty sparse, make sure you read the README in the distribution and then look on the wiki or ask for help (or even contribute some docs yourself ;-) ).

2006-08-22: RailFrog 0.5.2 is released and this site is now self-hosted on RailFrog for the first time.

We want Railfrog to be "the CMS for the rest of us". Publishing a good-looking, dynamic website should be really easy - and not just for developers and designers but for anyone who can use a browser and follow some instructions. We're not there yet, at the moment it's still a bit geeky, but that's where we're going.

Because Railfrog has been able to learn from so many other great projects out there, and because the idea of a Rails CMS has been kicking about for a while, our wishlist is alarmingly large. Our way of handling this is to concentrate on keeping Railfrog as simple as possible - we know how to build plenty of amazing features, but only the essentials will go into the core. Please do tell us what you want and help to guide our decisions. We hope Railfrog will be the ideal tool for building simple, easily maintained sites that integrate well with other web applications and which allow content to be easily updated.

What's the status of Railfrog?

Railfrog is in active development - see Releases for the current version. The initial developer release was delivered (on schedule :-) ) on 21 Mar 2006, with a "bugfix" release on 3 May 2006. Development then slowed while some commercial production sites were put live, next release in August 2006 included many bug fixes and improvements from these live sites. Watch RailFrogNews, MailingList, timeline, IrcMeetingNotes and ChatLogs to see our progress. There is also an automated roadmap, as well as a manually maintained RoadMap.