Create Rails Application in Current Directory

Yes, I know the common way to create a Rails application is

rails new 

and this will create a subfolder with your new Rails application called .

This post is because I keep forgetting how to create a new Rails application if I’m already in the subfolder.

If your folder name is the same name you plan to use for your application you can use the command below:

rails new .

Notice the period at the end telling it to use the current directory instead of creating a subdirectory.

If you want to supply a specific application name, you’ll have to do the following:

rails new  /path/to/folder/you/want/to/use


rails new fileuploader /var/www/apps/files

Jason Meridth


My name is Jason Meridth. I am a continuously learning senior software developer/devops/team lead/development manager trying to not let best be the enemy of better. I reserve the right to change my mind upon obtaining more information. I am also the owner and principal software consultant at Meridth, LLC. If you have any software, hardward, networking, process, etc needs please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

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