Password protecting pages of Rails App

Often it is needed to close a whole app or some pages of a Rails app in Beta mode. A simple and quick way is using http authentication. So users (beta testers, admin) can access a Rails app by entering a single username and password.

This example shows how to password protect the whole app in beta environment using a single login/password.

Modify ApplicationController. Change username and password to your own.

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
before_filter :authenticate if Rails.env.beta?
def authenticate
authenticate_or_request_with_http_basic('Administration') do |username, password|
username == 'admin' && password == 'password'







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