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Hello World Ruby on Rails App Tutorial using Mac


In this tutorial, we will setup a basic ruby on rails web app, that consists of a /hello_world and a /status controller. The hello_world controller will return Hello, World and our /status controller will return a HTTP 204 no content response code.

Setup Ruby on Rails

Setup Ruby on Rails on your Mac:

brew install rbenv ruby-build
echo 'if which rbenv > /dev/null; then eval "$(rbenv init -)"; fi' >> ~/.bash_profile
source ~/.bash_profile
rbenv install 2.5.0
rbenv global 2.5.0
ruby -v
$ gem install rails -v 5.1.4
$ benv rehash

Creating the App

Create your ruby on rails application:

$ rails new fist-app
$ cd first-app
$ rails server

Route Config

Our routes config:

Rails.application.routes.draw do
  # For details on the DSL available within this file, see
  get 'hello_world', to: 'hello_world#call'
  get 'status', to: 'status#call'


Configure the hello_world controller:

class HelloWorldController < ApplicationController
  def call
    render body: "Hello, World"

Configure the status controller:

class StatusController < ApplicationController
  def call
    [204, {}, ['']]


For our hello world controller:

$ curl -i http://localhost:3000/hello_world
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
ETag: W/"565339bc4d33d72817b583024112eb7f"
Cache-Control: max-age=0, private, must-revalidate
X-Request-Id: 62441a6d-faa3-42d5-a5a2-bcf7eff5e917
X-Runtime: 0.001940
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Hello, World

For our status controller:

$ curl -i http://localhost:3000/status
HTTP/1.1 204 No Content
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Cache-Control: no-cache
X-Request-Id: bec91213-ff82-4fc6-8698-3ee7622b1f51
X-Runtime: 0.075504


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