Rownd’s support for Ruby on Rails is powered by our Ruby gem named devise-rownd. This gem is an implementation of a custom strategy for the popular Devise framework. It works in tandem with the Rownd Hub, a javascript snippet embedded in your website. With this gem installed, Rownd handles all aspects of user authentication and gives you the tools to customize the user experience on your site.


Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

gem 'devise-rownd'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install devise-rownd

Mount the Engine

Add this to your config/routes.rb file

mount Devise::Rownd::Engine, at: '/api/auth/rownd'

Rownd Hub

Follow these instructions to install the Rownd Hub. You’ll want to ensure it runs on every page of your application, so be sure to add it as a common in your Rails JS packs. Here’s the easiest way to do that:

  1. Create a new file in your JS packs directory called rownd.js and paste the JS snippet that you got from the instructions listed above.

    1. Add the following API callbacks to your Javascript:
    method: "post",
    url: "/api/auth/rownd/authenticate",

    method: "POST",
    url: "/api/auth/rownd/sign_out",

    method: "POST",
    url: "/api/auth/rownd/update_data",

The path prefix /api/auth/rownd must match the Devise::Rownd::Engine mount path that you specified in your Rails routes

  1. Finally, include the Javascript pack in your application layout.
  <%= show_rownd_signin_if_required %>
  <%= yield %>
  <%= javascript_pack_tag 'rownd', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %>

There are two key pieces that you must include in the layout:

<%= show_rownd_signin_if_required %> This renders the Rownd sign-in modal to prompt the user for authentication when your app explicitly requires it in a controller

<%= javascript_pack_tag 'rownd', 'data-turbolinks-track': 'reload' %> Tells Rails to include the rownd Javascript pack. We also tell Turbolinks to include the script on page reloads


For this to work, you need to define these key environment variables:

  • ROWND_APP_KEY - Your Rownd application key

  • ROWND_APP_SECRET - Your Rownd application secret

You can get all of these values from the Rownd Platform


This gem provides a new Devise module named :rownd_authenticatable. In your user model, you can tell Devise to use it like this:

class User < ApplicationRecord
  devise :rownd_authenticatable


Now, in your config/routes.rb file, add the following:

Rails.application.routes.draw do
  devise_for :users

  mount Devise::Rownd::Engine, at: '/api/auth/rownd'

Require Authentication

You can require authentication on a controller’s actions the same way you would for any Devise strategies.

class MyController < ApplicationController
  before_action :authenticate_user!


Now, when a user navigates to a route that requires authentication, Devise will prompt the user to sign into Rownd if a user is not already signed in.

Customizing the page using the current_user

In any of your controllers, views, or helpers, you have access to the currently authenticated user via the current_user variable. You can use it to customize your page content like this:

<h1\>Hello, <%= current_user.first_name %>!</h1\>

The current_user object has all of the fields specified in your Rownd application’s schema. If the user doesn’t have a value for a particular field, it will be nil

Extending the current_user model

You can extend the current_user object by modifying the Devise::Rownd::User class. This can be very helpful if you want to have additional functions that aggregate data across multiple fields, or perform some logic and return the result.

For instance, you might want a function called admin? that will return if the current user has an 'admin' role. To extend the current_user object, add a new initializer in config/initializers called devise_rownd.rb. In there you can modify the Devise::Rownd::User like this:

Devise::Rownd::User.class_eval do
  def admin?

  def display_name
    fullname = "#{first_name} #{last_name}"
    fullname.present? ? fullname.strip.upcase : email&.upcase


Now, you can call things like current_user.admin? and current_user.display_name

Further customization

All of the other Rownd HTML attributes work as well. You can see a full list of them here. This means you have the ability to customize the page with pure HTML, rather than Ruby code if you prefer.