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ActiveAdmin with Existing Devise Authentication

By sarah in Uncategorized. Posted on July 29th

I’m modifying an existing Rails app to use ActiveAdmin — one of the new generation of Rails admin consoles (aka dynamic scaffolding for your models).  I like its approach to customization, where it assumes we’ll need to. The docs are well-written and clear, but fairly thin; however, I found a number of good resources published elsewhere:

With a little help from stackoverflow, I got it working with my existing user model.

Note: ActiveAdmin uses kaminari, instead of will_paginate. There’s some discussion of making it more compatible, but I just switched to kaminari.

add to Gemfile:

Then on the command line:

in your config/initializers/active_admin.rb you configure your devise routes, instead of these:

if you are using the default name “user” for existing Devise authentication, change to:

Then define:

You could put it into the initializer, but I put this in my ApplicationController which seemed a somewhat better place for it.

I use cucumber to test that I’ve got everything configured correctly:

Steps are defined like this

Using Warden test helpers, which I set up in features/support/env.rb



By sarah | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (1)

One Comment

  1. Roelof wobben
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I did all the steps but now all the logins fail with a 401 error message.

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