Filestack::Rails SDK

Rails SDK for Filestack API and content management system.

Important: This is the readme for 4.0.0+.

Note that the Filestack::Ruby dependency has been updated to no longer interfere with namespace. However, if you were using that dependency in your Rails application, you will need to change any Client and Filelink class declarations to FilestackClient and FilestackFilelink, as per documented here.


  • A multi-part uploader powered on the backend by the Filestack CIN.
  • An interface to the Filestack Processing Engine for transforming assets via URLs.
  • The Filestack Picker - an upload widget for the web that integrates over a dozen cloud providers and provides pre-upload image editing.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'filestack-rails'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install filestack-rails

Add the Filestack File Picker and initialization script to your layout:

<%= filestack_js_include_tag %>
<%= filestack_js_init_tag %>

Please note: The scripts need to be added before your application's custom scripts, e.g. before any scripts in your assets folder, if you need access the Filestack client in your own Javascript.

Set your API key and client name in config/application.rb:

config.filestack_rails.api_key = 'Your Filestack API Key'
config.filestack_rails.client_name = 'custom_client_name'

The client name defaults to "filestack_client" and is injected into your client-side Javascript. This is because v3 of the File Picker lives in the Javascript of your web application.

Filestack Picker Version

For Filestack Rails SDK v.4.0.0+, the picker version is setup by default to v3. It means that Javascript version is 1.x.x. If you want to use older Javascript version (0.11.5), you have to configure version to v2 in config/application.rb:

# filestack-js (0.11.5)
config.filestack_rails.version = 'v2'

# filestack-js (1.x.x)
config.filestack_rails.version = 'v3'

For Filestack Rails SDK v.5.0.0+, you have to provide picker version precisely. By default the picker version is setup to 3.x.x. If you want to use older filestack-js version (0.11.5), you have to configure version to 0.11.5 in config/application.rb:

# filestack-js (0.11.5)
config.filestack_rails.version = '0.11.5'

# filestack-js (1.x.x)
config.filestack_rails.version = '1.x.x'

# filestack-js (3.x.x)
config.filestack_rails.version = '3.x.x'

Please take a look on available versions in filestack-js repository.


If you have set up a custom CNAME, you can add it to your configuration file. The Picker will modify all assets to formatted with your domain origin instead of Filestack's.

Set your CNAME in config/application.rb:

config.filestack_rails.cname = 'custom_cname'


If your account has security enabled, then you must initialize the File Picker with a signature and policy.

Set up your application secret and security options in config/application.rb:

config.filestack_rails.app_secret = 'YOUR_APP_SECRET' = {'call' => %w[pick store read convert] }

If you set security to an empty object like so: = {}

It will provide a policy and signature with only an expiry setting (this defaults to one hour).

You can access the generated policy and signature anytime by calling their attributes on the created security object:


You can also generate a new security object at any time, although this will only affect the filestack_image tag, and not the File Picker client.


Filestack Upload Button

This is a generic button that can be added anywhere in your application and opens an instance of the File Picker. Once a user has chosen a file(s) and submitted, a callback will be executed, passing in the results. You can also pass in any options for the File Picker using the pickerOptions symbol:

<%= filestack_picker_element 'button test', 'callbackForButton', id: 'someuniqueid', input_id: 'someuniqueinputid', pickerOptions: { 'fromSources' => 'facebook' } %>

File Picker options are exactly the same as in the Javscript SDK and can be found in the aforementioned documentation.

The callback can be either the name of a function you've defined in your main Javascript or it can be any code that is immediately executable, e.g. console.log or (function(data){console.log(data)}). The callback should take in a response array as its only argument, which has the following structure:

    "filesUploaded": [
            "filename": ...
    "filesFailed": []

Each file that is uploaded will be represented as a single object within the filesUploaded array. Accessing the first file uploaded in the callback would be achieved like so:

url = data.filesUploaded[0].url

For version v3, you can add following callbacks: onOpen, onClose, onFileUploadFinished, onFileSelected, onUploadStarted, to pickerOptions.

<%= filestack_picker_element 'button test', 'callbackForButton', id: 'someuniqueid', input_id: 'someuniqueinputid', pickerOptions: { onClose: 'callbackOnClose', onOpen: 'callbackOnOpen', onFileUploadFinished: 'callbackOnFileUploadFinished' } %>

where following callbacks callbackOnClose, callbackOnOpen, callbackOnFileUploadFinished are javascript function's name and refer to your own created function. For instance:

function onFileUploadFinishedCallback(data) {console.log(data);}

Filestack Form Helper

The form helper wraps the generic Pick element and adds the value of the returned file to an invisible text element, in order to attach to the form. It accepts the same options as the Pick element and renders the same button.

<%= form_for @user do |f| %>
    <%= f.filestack_field :filepicker_url, 'Upload Your Avatar!',  pickerOptions: {'fromSources': 'facebook'}, id: 'unique-id', input_id: 'unique-input-id' %>

  <%= f.submit %>
<% end %>

Displaying an image with Filestack Transformations:

Filestack::Rails now has access to the full list of image transforms through our custom Transformation Engine. This functionality is provided by the Filestack Ruby SDK and acts as a small wrapper around it. The filestack_image tag accepts the same options as the genric Rails image_tag, with the addition of a transform option, which accepts a filestack_transform chain:

<%= filestack_image @user.filepicker_url, transform: filestack_transform.resize(width:100, height:100).flip.enhance %>

You can also add attributes to image_tag, for instance:

<%= filestack_image @user.filepicker_url, size: "160x100", alt: "Picture" %>

Migrating from 2.x to 3.x

Filestack::Rails 3.x is a significant and breaking change. Users wishing to upgrade will need to change their current implementation in order to use the plugin correctly.

Javascript-based File Picker

The v3 File Picker is a Javascript application that lives on the client-side of your application. This means you have greater control and access to when it is called, access to the rest of the web SDK, as well as being able to pass callbacks executed once uploads have completed. You must keep in mind the File Picker client lives in global scope and adjust your namespaces accordingly, although you can also change the name of the client, as detailed in the above sections.

Form Helper

The form helper's call remains essentially the same, except that it now takes as its argument the value of the button element displayed on the page.

<%= f.filestack_field :filestack_url, 'Pick Your Avatar' >

Save Button

As user saving/downloading is not currently supported in the v3 File Picker, that functionality has been removed from Filestack::Rails for the time being.


The filestack_image tag wraps the generic Rails image_tag and generates a new URL with use of the Ruby SDK. This provides the entire scope of the possible transformations through Filestack's transformation engine, minus those which do not return an image (like debug, av_convert, and so forth). Defining transformations is as simple as chaining them together using the filestack_transform method:

<%= @user.filestack_url, transform: filestack_transform.resize(width:100, height:100).enhance %>

For a list of valid transformations, please see here.

Ruby SDK

Filestack::Rails injects the Filestack Ruby SDK into your application for use anywhere. You can use it to access the rest of the Filestack API and find its documentation here.


To see the Filestack::Rails plugin in action, clone this repository and run the demo app by following these instructions (will only work in Rails 5.x):

Set API key

Go to spec/dummy/config/application.rb and change the API key to your own.

Install Dependencies

Navigate to the spec/dummy folder and run:

$ bundle install

Migrate User Database

The form field requires a User model, which has been predefined, and so you need to migrate the database:

rails db:migrate

Run Server

While in the spec/dummy directory, run the server

rails s

and navigate to http://localhost:3000.


Filestack::Rails follows the Semantic Versioning.


If you have problems, please create a Github Issue.