This is an extension or set of overrides that sits on top of RocketPants. This is not an elegant extension by any means, but rather a set of modules that leverage the RocketPants load order to monkey-patch functionality.

Why RocketShorts over RocketPants?

There are a few differentiators: (neither is the 'right way', its personal preference)

Note Support for points 3 and 4 are planned, but not included in the current gem.

  1. Version control is done through the Accept HTTP Header instead of a :version parameter.
  2. Support for a default version. Making HTTP testing possible for a single version.
  3. Pagination should use the link HTTP Header and not the content body.
  4. Clean up the payload body to avoid nesting under a response JSON key.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'rocket_shorts'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install rocket_shorts


Remove rocket_pants from your Gemfile and replace with rocket_shorts.

Add a config/inititalizers/rocket_shorts.rb and specify what header format your API should look for.

# config/initializers/rocket_shorts.rb
require 'rocket_shorts'

RocketShorts.header_format = /application\/vnd\.yourcompany\.v/


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request