Forest Admin is designed for developers working on small and large projects alike.
Get your admin panel up and running in a flash, with all the features you need
All of your CRUD operations are natively supported. The API automatically supports your data models' validation and allows you to easily extend or override any API routes' with your very own custom logic.
Forest Admin has a built-in search allowing you to run basic queries to retrieve your application's data. Set advanced filters based on fields and relationships to handle complex search use cases.
Sorting and pagination features are natively handled by the Admin API. We're continuously optimizing how queries are run in order to display results faster and reduce the load of your servers.
A custom action is a button which allows you to trigger an API call to execute a custom logic. With virtually no limitations, you can extend the way you manipulate data and trigger actions (e.g. refund a customer, apply a coupon, ban a user, etc.)
Sometimes you need to export your data to a good old fashioned CSV. Yes, we know this can come in handy sometimes :-)
Get in app access to a subset of your application data by doing a basic search or typing an SQL query or implementing an API route.
Forest Admin is able to tap into your actual data to chart out your metrics using a simple UI panel, a SQL query or a custom API call.
The WYSIWYG interface saves you a tremendous amount of frontend development time using drag'n'drop as well as advanced widgets to build customizable views.
Code your own views using JS, HTML, and CSS to display your application data in a more appropriate way (e.g. Kanban, Map, Calendar, Gallery, etc.).
Without any lines of code, manage directly from the UI who has access or can act on which data using a team-based permission system.
Leverage data from third-party services by reconciling it with your application’s data and providing it directly to your Admin Panel. All your actions can be performed at the same place, bringing additional intelligence to your Admin Panel and ensuring consistency.
Assign your teammates to specific tasks, leave a note or simply comment a record, thereby simplifying collaboration all across your organization.
Monitor each action executed and follow the trail of modification on any data with an extensive activity log system.
Don't waste time learning a new DSL, it's plain Ruby on Rails.
From the API to the UI, everything is customizable to let you handle even the most complex scenarios.
Your data runs through the admin API running on your Rails app to your end-user browser, while remaining invisible to our Forest Admin servers.
Take a look at what's under the hood in our Rails gem GitHub repository.
Customize your UI with a simple click of a button. You may need to drag and drop a component from time to time, of course.
We offer around-the-clock support to all of our users. Let us know what we can help you with on our Forest Admin community!
Forest Admin consists of two components:
The Admin Frontend is the user interface where you'll manage your data and configuration (hosted on our servers).
The Admin Backend is a REST API that fits in your existing Rails application (hosted on your servers) where you can extend all the business logic (e.g. controllers, routes, actions).
The connection to both servers (the Admin Backend and the Forest Admin Servers) are protected using 2 different JWT signed by 2 different keys:
1. the FOREST_ENV_SECRET to authenticate all requests made to the Forest Admin Servers
2. the FOREST_AUTH_SECRET to authenticate all requests made to the Admin API
IMPORTANT: The FOREST_AUTH_SECRET is chosen freely by you and is never disclosed to anyone.
The Admin Frontend has an option to completely disable any 3rd-party provider that could track data available from your browser to guarantee the respect of data privacy.
The IP whitelisting feature allows you to create a list of trusted IP addresses or IP ranges from which your users can both access to the Admin Frontend and interact with your Admin Backend API.
"Simple to setup, has no access to your data, and comes with a fully extensible API. Forest Admin's Rails engine checked all the boxes when we were looking to build serious internal tooling. It made our engineering team's life easier and saved us so much time!"
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"Forest Admin for Rails is an incredible window into your application's data. It was quick to hook into our app and we were able to provide a full-blown admin panel to track customers’ orders and help manage their subscriptions. Our customer service, finance, and ops teams now have all the internal tools they need!"