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BookingSync Engine


This engine requires Rails >= 5.0.0 and Ruby >= 2.2.0.


API documentation is available at


BookingSync Engine works with Rails 4.2 onwards and Ruby 2.2 onwards. To get started, add it to your Gemfile with:

gem 'bookingsync-engine'

Then bundle install:

bundle install

Then mount BookingSync Authorization routes inside routes.rb:

mount BookingSync::Engine => '/'

This will add the following routes:

  • /auth/bookingsync/callback
  • /auth/failure
  • /signout

BookingSync Engine uses the Account model to authenticate each BookingSync Account, if you do not have an Account model yet, create one:

rails g model Account

Then, generate a migration to add OAuth fields for the Account class:

rails g migration AddOAuthFieldsToAccounts provider:string synced_id:integer:index \
  name:string oauth_access_token:string oauth_refresh_token:string \

and migrate:

rake db:migrate

Also include BookingSync::Engine::Account in your Account model:

class Account < ActiveRecord::Base
  include BookingSync::Engine::Model

When saving new token, this gem uses a separate thread with new db connection to ensure token save (in case of a rollback in the main transaction). To make room for the new connections, it is recommended to increase db pool size by 2-3.


The engine is configured by the following ENV variables:

  • BOOKINGSYNC_URL - the url of the website, should be
  • BOOKINGSYNC_APP_ID - BookingSync Application's Client ID
  • BOOKINGSYNC_APP_SECRET - BookingSync Application's Client Secret
  • BOOKINGSYNC_VERIFY_SSL - Verify SSL (available only in development or test). Default to false
  • BOOKINGSYNC_SCOPE - Space separated list of required scopes. Defaults to nil, which means the public scope.

You might want to use dotenv-rails to make ENV variables management easy.

Embedded vs Standalone apps

The engine is set up by default to work with Embedded app for the BookingSync app store. This means that the OAuth flow will redirect using javascript redirect to break out of the iframe.

Embedded apps

Embedded apps will need to allow BookingSync to load them in an iframe.

This only has to be applied to the part of the application used in BookingSync

You can use the following helper in your controller to do just that:

after_action :allow_bookingsync_iframe

Standalone apps

Standalone applications will be working outside of BookingSync website. While it's not the recommended approach, some applications can benefit from this.

To make your application standalone, you must set the standalone mode by adding the following code to an initializer:


Authentication in apps

BookingSync Engine will create some helpers to use inside your controllers and views.

Ensure authentication

To set up a controller with BookingSync account authentication, just add this before_action:

before_action :authenticate_account!

It will make sure an account is authenticated (using OAuth2).

New authorization process

If the user is not currently authenticated, 3 responses can be expected:

1) Through Ajax requests

By Ajax request, we consider them when the X-Requested-With header contains XMLHttpRequest.

In this case, the authorization path will be returned a plain text with a 401 Unauthorized status.

2) Embedded Application

Embedded applications will be given a script tag forcing them to change their parent location to the authorization path. This is necessary so the authorization happens in the main window, not within an iFrame.

3) Standalone Application

Standalone applications will simply be redirected to the authorization path.

Accessing the current account

To retrieve the current signed-in account, this helper is available:

Securing applications

Session cookies

You should make sure session cookies for you application have the secure flag. This will be done by Rails automatically if you have configured your environment with config.force_ssl = true. If not, you can change your session_store.rb initializer:

Rails.application.config.session_store :cookie_store,
  key: '_your-app_session', secure: true


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