Choose from a constant stream of top Ruby on Rails jobs while staying flexible as a freelancer.

At Toptal, you get to work on complex Ruby on Rails projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a Toptaler, you can design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.
Hiring Ruby on Rails developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.
  • Grow your career by working with top companies
    At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.
  • Never worry about payments
    At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.
  • Design your own lifestyle
    No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.
  • Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses
    Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.
  • Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog
    With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.
  • Speak at conferences and attend events
    Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal Ruby on Rails community:

Mark Wong-VanHaren
Palo Alto, CA, United States
Mark is an entrepreneur, engineer, CTO, and artisan with decades of startup experience, including co-founding He makes complex problems simple with expressive, maintainable code. He believes in building small, well-tested, functional pieces, loosely joined by a well-documented contract. Read more
Filippo Conforti
Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Previously the lead architect for Gucci's eCommerce business, Filippo specializes in developing beautiful applications with Ruby on Rails, and has 9+ years of engineering experience. He strongly believes in TDD as the only way to build rock-solid code that makes his clients happy. He loves building for other developers too, by designing and creating the REST APIs they wish they had. Read more
Teng Siong Ong
San Francisco, CA, United States
Teng Siong is a freelance developer and entrepreneur who has helped build applications with millions of users. He started a company after his freshman year, which was later acquired. He has extensive experience working with early stage startups and helping them to build quick prototypes for market validation. Read more
Kenneth Kalmer
Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Kenneth is passionate about solving problems, especially in an elegant and sustainable manner. He loves learning about anything, especially things that make his better at his craft. He has been up and down the web stack for the last 20 years, and does not seeing himself stopping anytime soon. Read more
Eqbal Quran
Amman, Amman Governorate, Jordan
Eqbal is a senior full-stack developer with more than a decade of experience working in web and mobile development. He is a masterful problem solver, and boasts an extensive portfolio of finished professional products. Read more
Tiago Silva
Porto, Portugal
Tiago left his position at Microsoft to co-found Hive. From then on, building up Hive has led him through working on projects in every kind of language and environment, performing every skill imaginable from sales, to project management and hardcore development. For him, programming is an art form, and he gets a kick out of making his code as elegant as possible. Read more
Orban Botond
Gheorgheni, Harghita County, Romania
Botond is a highly skilled professional software developer who enjoys writing code that others can understand and follow. His passion for programming began when he was 13, after receiving a ZX Spectrum-compatible Russian PC from his father. He learned programming and became a true lifelong enthusiast. Read more
Jake Varghese
Dallas, TX, United States
As an architect, Jake understands the process of solving complex problems that plague enterprise and medium size businesses. He is a full-stack problem solver--he can build entire apps from scratch or he can optimize an existing app already in the field. Read more
Luís Martinho
Porto, Portugal
As an entrepreneur, Luís understands the importance of proactivity and results, and has learned the meaning of responsibility and accountability. He is more of a generalist than a specialist, though he loves the detail and deep understanding that comes from intense focus and work on development projects. Read more

See 3 typical Ruby on Rails jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite Ruby on Rails developers for their mission-critical jobs.
  • Senior Ruby On Rails Engineer
    Ruby on Rails, REST API, MySQL
    We're a rapidly growing software development firm and are looking for an ambitious, senior-level Rails developer to join our fast-paced, world-class team. For this project, you’ll be surrounded by a team of top engineers, and will be a major contributor to the architecture and development of our most important projects. To be successful in this position, you will need to be an exceptional problem solver who is capable of making smart decisions both independently and in a team context.
  • Senior Rails Developer For Our Platform
    Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Redis, PostgreSQL
    We’re looking for a senior-level Ruby engineer to maintain and improve the sophistication and quality of our platform, allowing us to release stable software at an accelerated pace. To be successful in this position, you must excel at finding and implementing simple solutions to complex problems, building features and prioritizing by impact, and communicating effectively with other engineers, QA, support teams, etc.
  • Ruby On Rails Developer For Multiple Projects
    Ruby on Rails, REST API, Git, JavaScript, React, Flux, AWS
    We are a top product development company that works on a variety of intense, challenging projects involving building new products from the ground up. In this role, you may be responsible for handling everything from architecture for a new product to building out cutting edge UI. The ideal candidate relies heavily on experimentation and data to guide work, can work with little oversights, and loves learning new languages and frameworks.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.
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Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top engineers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Back on May 22nd, 2010, a programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 BTC for two pizzas: the very first real-world transaction made with cryptocurrency. At the time, this technology was just over a year old.

May 22nd is now known as Bitcoin Pizza Day — and Toptalers from Mérida will gather to celebrate with a discussion of current blockchain tech.

The gathering will be a good opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues — including Greco Rubio, a Toptal developer and Community Leader for Mérida. All are welcome: feel free to bring guests.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate head count. For more information on the event, please contact the event organizer.


Join the 3rd edition of Freelance Hangouts, May 22nd at 6:00pm. This event will feature a special guest: Dženana Preljević-Sadović from Toptal’s Sourcing team, who will join us via livestream around 6:30pm.

Dženana will tell you all about Toptal, how it works, and how freelancing can make your career skyrocket. You will learn:
• What Toptal is, and why it could be the right choice for you
• How to apply to join the network
• How the network operates
• Types of opportunities that Toptal offers
• How to grow as a freelancer in the right community
• and more.

For more information and to RSVP, please see the event website or contact Razvan Burciu directly.


Microsoft Developer User Group in Zagreb is a group of local developers who get together every month to discuss Microsoft platforms and solutions. The group’s next meetup takes place May 22nd at 5:15pm.

Ivan Čuljak, a Toptal developer, will be a featured speaker, with a talk titled Going Serverless on Azure.

Join Ivan to learn about logic apps and functions; functions proxies; API management; and systems that turn the cloud into an event-driven system – event grid.

For more information and to RSVP, please see the event website.


Toptalers are gathering for an afternoon of coworking in downtown Vancouver. Come join us at Breka Bakery and Cafe on May 23rd starting at 3:00 PM and bring your Toptal client work, personal projects, or anything in between.

This event will be a great opportunity to meet fellow Toptalers, including Toptal developer and Community Leader for Vancouver, Luiz Ferreira. If you happen to be in the area between 3:00PM and 6:00PM that day, make sure to drop by and say hello. Feel free to bring a guest if they would enjoy meeting the community, or learning more about the company.

Please RSVP on this page to give us an accurate headcount. For any questions regarding the event, please contact the event organizer, Luiz Ferreira.

Publish technical papers alongside Ruby on Rails developers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of Ruby on Rails developers.
Amin Shah Gilani
Ruby on Rails Developer
Rails Service Objects: A Comprehensive Guide
Rails ships with everything you need to prototype your application quickly, but when your codebase starts growing, you'll run into scenarios where the conventional Fat Model, Skinny Controller mantra breaks. When your business logic can't fit in either a model or a controller, that's when service objects come in and let us separate every business action into its own Ruby object.
Orban Botond
Freelance Ruby Developer
Field-level Rails Cache Invalidation: A DSL Solution
Fragment caching in Rails provides an easy yet a powerful way of improving your application's performance. However, some real-world scenarios do not work quite well with how the Rails cache behaves by default. In this article, Toptal Ruby on Rails Developer Orban Botond shows how you can implement a small DSL to optimize how the cache for related entities is invalidated to improve template rendering performance.
Eduardo Bautista
Freelance Software Engineer
Meet Phoenix: A Rails-like Framework for Modern Web Apps on Elixir
In back-end software development, increased productivity often comes at the cost of performance. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Eduardo Bautista shows us how the Phoenix framework builds on the familiar concepts from the Rails world, and makes it even easier to build robust concurrent applications without compromising performance.
Eqbal Quran
Freelance Software Engineer
Build Sleek Rails Components With Plain Old Ruby Objects
Your website is gaining traction, and you are growing rapidly. Ruby/Rails is your programming language of choice. Your team is bigger and you’ve given up on “fat models, skinny controllers” as a design style for your Rails apps. However, you still don’t want to abandon using Rails? No problem. In this article, Toptal Software Engineer Eqbal Quran explains how you can decouple and isolate your Rails components using nothing Plain Old Ruby Objects. Ruby objects and abstractions can decouple concerns, simplify testing, and help you produce clean, maintainable code.

Why do top Ruby on Rails experts join Toptal?

Rafael Dalprá
Ruby on Rails Developer
Blumenau, Brazil
Rafael is an entrepreneur and developer with extensive experience in server management, team leadership, Ruby on Rails, and front-end development. He is highly motivated, creative, and efficient, with a strong eye for user experience.
Working with Ruby on Rails is one of the reasons I love coding, but in the past it's been a challenge for me to find local companies that use Rails for real products. Toptal makes it possible for me to work with cool companies from all over the world as part of an active community of Rails developers who are always willing to help me with anything I need.
Filip Defar
Ruby Developer
Zagreb, Croatia
Filip is a software developer who loves his work. He has extensive experience in full stack web development, test-driven development, software design, and database design. He loves working with other people and does a lot of recreational programming.
Ruby is designed to make programmers happy, but in the past I've found that not all clients appreciate that. Toptal helps me find clients that are a great cultural fit for me, and I always get the final say on which clients I want to work with.
Alexey Shein
Ruby on Rails Developer
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Alexey is a senior software engineer with more than eight years of web development experience in Ruby on Rails, PHP, and JavaScript. He enjoys solving difficult technical problems and learning new technologies. He is a good mentor and likes helping teammates.
Toptal gives me the ability to work on high-quality projects, maintain a flexible working schedule, be a part of a friendly Rails community that can always help me in tough situations. My favorite part is that everyone at Toptal really cares about what they do, which really inspires me to make sure that's always true for me as well.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.