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Vishnu is a simple library to use Libravatar avatars in your ruby app.

Libravatar is an avatar service to let their users associate avatar images with their emails or openids. This rubygem generates their avatar URL.


Add the following line to your Gemfile:

gem 'vishnu'

Or if you want to register Libravatar alias, then:

gem 'vishnu', require: 'libravatar'

Usage  '[email protected]').url   # get avatar for email '').url   # get avatar for OpenID URL  '[email protected]').to_s  # use to_s alias

# use all options
avatar =
    email:      '[email protected]',  # email
    openid:     '', # OpenID URL. If both email and url are set,
                                        # you will get avatar for the email
    size:       150,                    # avatar size, 1-512; default is 80
    default:    'identicon',            # '404', 'mm', 'identicon', 'monsterid', 'wavatar', 'retro'
                                        # or url to your default
    https:      true,                   # use secure url or not; default is false

avatar.size = 40    # all params are also available as attributes

avatar.url          # get avatar url new style
avatar.to_s         # and old style
# => ""

require 'libravatar' # register an alias if you didn't add require: 'libravatar' to your Gemfile '[email protected]').to_s   # libravatar gem style

libravatar gem compatibility

As a fork, vishnu is mostly compatible to the libravatar v1.2.0 gem.

Major differences in 2.0 are:

  • ruby < 2.0.0 is no longer supported

  • methods get_target_domain, srv_lookup, get_base_url (basically everything except to_s and attribute setters / getters) are now private

If you for some reason depend on these features, use vishnu 1.2.x which is basically a rebranded bugfix branch for libravatar 1.2.0.

To use this upstream based branch add the following to your Gemfile:

gem 'vishnu', '~> 1.2.1', require: 'libravatar'


Licensed under the MIT License. See LICENSE.txt for further details.