Getting Started

Hello! This documentation will guide you through all the major topics around building and deploying a Pakyow application. If you're looking for more of a crash course instead of a detailed guide, checkout the warmup.


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Pakyow is easy to install, but it relies on Ruby and RubyGems. Make sure those are installed first. Here are some links to point you in the right direction:

Once these are installed, open a terminal prompt and type:

gem install pakyow


From a terminal prompt, type:

pakyow new name_of_app

A new project will be generated in the 'name_of_app' directory.


Here's a rundown of the important bits of a generated Pakyow app:

  • app.rb: app environment configuration
  • app/lib: all of your back-end code goes here (every .rb file will be loaded automatically)
  • app/lib/bindings.rb: define your bindings here
  • app/lib/helpers.rb: define your helpers here
  • app/lib/routes.rb: define your routes here
  • app/views: define your views here
  • public: for static files (images, stylesheets, javascripts, etc)