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 While I do have backups, the original source code is in a very outdated state so I currently don't feel it makes sense to try and get it running again.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.

 Score 9.01


Small command line tool that reads Markdown files and outputs HTML

 Rubygem markup
 Github github/markup
 Score 7.18


A fast, safe and extensible Markdown to (X)HTML parser

 Rubygem redcarpet
 Github vmg/redcarpet
 Score 3.28


kramdown is yet-another-markdown-parser but fast, pure Ruby, using a strict syntax definition and supporting several common extensions.

 Rubygem kramdown
 Score 2.88


A fast, safe and extensible Markdown to (X)HTML parser

 Github vmg/redcarpet
 Score 2.22


Textile parser for Ruby.

 Rubygem RedCloth
 Score 1.79


Fast Implementation of Gruber's Markdown in C

 Rubygem rdiscount
 Score 0.94


Maruku is a Markdown interpreter in Ruby. It features native export to HTML and PDF (via Latex). The output is really beautiful!

 Rubygem maruku
 Github remi/maruku
 Score 0.81


BlueCloth is a Ruby implementation of John Gruber's Markdown[], a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. To quote from the project page: Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). It borrows a naming convention and several helpings of interface from {Redcloth}[], Why the Lucky Stiff's processor for a similar text-to-HTML conversion syntax called Textile[]. BlueCloth 2 is a complete rewrite using David Parsons' Discount[] library, a C implementation of Markdown. I rewrote it using the extension for speed and accuracy; the original BlueCloth was a straight port from the Perl version that I wrote in a few days for my own use just to avoid having to shell out to, and it was quite buggy and slow. I apologize to all the good people that sent me patches for it that were never released. Note that the new gem is called 'bluecloth' and the old one 'BlueCloth'. If you have both installed, you can ensure you're loading the new one with the 'gem' directive: # Load the 2.0 version gem 'bluecloth', '>= 2.0.0' # Load the 1.0 version gem 'BlueCloth' require 'bluecloth'

 Rubygem bluecloth
 Github ged/bluecloth
 Score 0.23


Creole is a lightweight markup language (

 Rubygem creole
 Github minad/creole
 Score 0.22


Ruby wrapper for Pandoc

 Score 0.1


Minidown is a lightweight & fast markdown parser, with complete GFM support.

 Rubygem minidown
 Github jjyr/minidown
 Score 0.06


Fast Markdown implementation

 Score 0.02


McBean can convert documents from one format to another. McBean currently supports: * HTML * Markdown (a subset) * Textile (a subset) * Creole (a subset) with the help of Loofah, Nokogiri, RDiscount, RedCloth and Creole. "You can't teach a Sneetch." -- Sylvester McMonkey McBean

 Rubygem mcbean
 Score 0.02


multi_markdown allows projects to use a wide variety of Markdown libraries, without having to depend on a specific one.

 Score 0.01

Stupid formatter

A stupid formatter for piping text through markup processors with a unified API

 Score 0.01


A small lib to parse smileys. Use CSS to display them!

 Rubygem smiley
 Github igel/smiley