Send fax through my rails application

Hello folks,

I need to find a way to send a fax to an US fax number. The user would shop, do a checkout through my rails web app and then the order would be delivered by fax to the store. Does anyone have any idea on how could I do it ? Is there a library available that would help me develop this process?

I think it could be somehow implemented by using a server running Asterisks and then make my rails application interface with it, the asterisk server in its trun would need to interface to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) to be able to send the fax.

Could anyone put me on the right direction ?

Thanks in advance,


You want Hylafax.

I've deployed it in several organizations running as a fax gateway. *
is a great product, but WAY overkill here.


Thanks a lot for the tip, Kurth… taking a look at it :slight_smile:

Did you try eFax?

With the paid account you can have an email address linked ot the fax
number. All you need to do is send an email to the address.

Hope it helps.


Hi Sri !

eFax seems to be really simple and nice solution, thanks for the tip !


Sure eFax is easy, but I have found them to be un-reliable at times.

For missions critical applications, I prefer to have total and complete
control over the entire process. I do realize that sometimes the best
solution isn't the one you roll yourself.

Just my .02