Bad news. The server hosting The Ruby Toolbox went bust on the evening of June 7th. While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.

For the time being, here is a very stripped down version of the Ruby Toolbox's contents.

Update June 13th: I'd like to invite you to join the discussion on the future of the Toolbox on github. You can also get in touch directly on Twitter.


irb Tools

 Score 7.73

Awesome print

Great Ruby dubugging companion: pretty print Ruby objects to visualize their structure. Supports custom object formatting via plugins

 Score 6.67


 Github ryanb/dotfiles
 Score 3.53


Use Pry as your rails console

 Rubygem pry-rails
 Github rweng/pry-rails
 Score 2.48


Hirb provides a mini view framework for console applications and uses it to improve ripl(irb)'s default inspect output. Given an object or array of objects, hirb renders a view based on the object's class and/or ancestry. Hirb offers reusable views in the form of helper classes. The two main helpers, Hirb::Helpers::Table and Hirb::Helpers::Tree, provide several options for generating ascii tables and trees. Using Hirb::Helpers::AutoTable, hirb has useful default views for at least ten popular database gems i.e. Rails' ActiveRecord::Base. Other than views, hirb offers a smart pager and a console menu. The smart pager only pages when the output exceeds the current screen size. The menu is used in conjunction with tables to offer two dimensional menus.

 Rubygem hirb
 Github cldwalker/hirb
 Score 1.21


Handful of common Irb features, made easy.

 Rubygem wirble
 Score 0.52


TablePrint turns objects into nicely formatted columns for easy reading. Works great in rails console, works on pure ruby objects, autodetects columns, lets you traverse ActiveRecord associations. Simple, powerful.

 Rubygem table_print
 Score 0.46


Bond is on a mission to improve autocompletion in ruby, especially for irb/ripl. Aside from doing everything irb's can do and fixing its quirks, Bond can autocomplete argument(s) to methods, uniquely completing per module, per method and per argument. Bond brings ruby autocompletion closer to bash/zsh as it provides a configuration system and a DSL for creating custom completions and completion rules. With this configuration system, users can customize their autocompletions and share it with others. Bond can also load completions that ship with gems. Bond is able to offer more than irb's completion since it uses the full line of input when completing as opposed to irb's last-word approach.

 Rubygem bond
 Github cldwalker/bond
 Score 0.46


Irbtools make Ruby's IRB more productive.

 Rubygem irbtools
 Score 0.44


EveryDayIrb simplifies daily life in IRB with commands like: ls, cat, rq, rrq, ld, reset!, ...

 Rubygem every_day_irb
 Score 0.34


Console for any Rack based ruby web app

 Rubygem racksh
 Github sickill/racksh
 Score 0.29


Use vim (or any other text editor) from inside irb to quickly test & write new code.

 Score 0.29


Supercharged method introspection in IRB.

 Rubygem looksee
 Github oggy/looksee
 Score 0.29


Access to the clipboard on Linux, MacOS, Windows, and Cygwin: Clipboard.copy, Clipboard.paste, Clipboard.clear

 Rubygem clipboard
 Score 0.27


WIRB highlights inspected Ruby objects. It is based on the original Wirble. You can create new color schemas using yaml.

 Rubygem wirb
 Github janlelis/wirb
 Score 0.12


MarcoPolo shows your app name and environment in your console prompt so you don't accidentally break production

 Rubygem marco-polo
 Score 0.07


FancyIrb makes IRB # => friendly.

 Rubygem fancy_irb
 Score 0.06


Sketches allows you to create and edit Ruby code from the comfort of your editor, while having it safely reloaded in IRB whenever changes to the code are saved.

 Rubygem sketches
 Score 0.05


Object-Oriented RI for IRB Console

 Rubygem ori
 Github dadooda/ori
 Score 0.05


Creates aliases for class methods, instance methods, constants, delegated methods and more. Aliases can be easily searched or saved as YAML config files to load later. Custom alias types are easy to create with the DSL Alias provides. Although Alias was created with the irb user in mind, any Ruby console program can hook into Alias for creating configurable aliases.

 Rubygem alias
 Github cldwalker/alias
 Score 0.03


irbtools-more adds bond and looksee to IRB (Gems that use core extensions). Simply put a require "irbtools/more" in the .irbrc file in your home directory to get started.

 Score 0.01