gem-src is a gem plugin && rbenv plugin that automatically
git clones the gem's source right after every
gem install so you can
git grep and of course write your patch there!
Plus, gem-src runs
git init on each installed gem, and links it to the cloned source repository and the origin repository so that you can easily transfer commits to and from the gem and the repositories.
% git clone https://github.com/amatsuda/gem-src.git "$(rbenv root)/plugins/gem-src" % mkdir ~/src % echo "gemsrc_clone_root: ~/src" >> ~/.gemrc
Then you're all set!
As a Rubygem
gem-src is a gem plugin that can be installed via gem install command:
% gem install gem-src
🌟 As an rbenv plugin (recommended)
Alternatively, if you're using rbenv, you can install gem-src as an rbenv plugin:
% git clone https://github.com/amatsuda/gem-src.git "$(rbenv root)/plugins/gem-src"
then you get gem-src enabled for all
bundle commands invoked through rbenv.
With this gem plugin installed, every
gem install you perform will be followed by automatic
git clone of the online repo into the installed gem's "src" directory (if the gemspec's "homepage" property points to a Git repo).
For example, when you execute
% gem i kaminari
and if the gem is installed into
~/.gem/ruby/1.8/kaminari-0.14.1 directory, you'll see Kaminari's full Git repo at
So, the whole directory structure will be like this.
~/.gem/ruby/1.8 ├── gems │ ├── arel-3.0.2 │ │ ├── src │ ├── gem-src-0.2.0 │ │ ├── src │ ├── kaminari-0.14.0 │ │ ├── src │ ├── kaminari-0.14.1 │ │ ├── src ...
Note that you might be cloning the same repository again and again as the gem is updated, or the gem install directory changes.
For example, if you're using RVM, each of
~/.rvm/gems/*/gems/* will have it's Git repo inside "src" directory.
🌟 Specifying gemsrc_clone_root (strongly recommended)
Instead of cloning the repo under installed gem directory for each
gem install, you can specify one single directory to keep all the cloned source repositories.
git clone will no more be executed per every
This option would be more efficient particularly if you're frequently switching Ruby versions or gemsets, or using bundler with
--path per each projects.
There are two ways to specify this variable:
1) `GEMSRC_CLONE_ROOT` environment variable 2) add `gemsrc_clone_root` configuration in your .gemrc
% echo "gemsrc_clone_root: ~/src" >> ~/.gemrc % gem i active_decorator
will clone the source Git repo into
~/src/active_decorator directory if not exists.
Now, the whole directory structure will look like this.
~ ├── src │ ├── active_decorator │ ├── capybara │ ├── i18n_generators ...
Using ghq command (also recommended)
You can tell gem-src to rely on
ghq command instead of
This requires ghq (https://github.com/motemen/ghq) to be installed, and either of the following two configurations should be made.
1) `GEMSRC_USE_GHQ` environment variable 2) add `gemsrc_use_ghq` configuration in your .gemrc
The directory structure should be like below in this mode.
ghq.root (~/.ghq by default) ├── github.com │ ├── amatsuda │ │ ├── database_rewinder │ │ └── rfd │ ├── jimweirich │ │ └── rake ...
When you firstly installed this gem, you might want to type in this command right after the installation.
% gem pristine --all
This will reinstall all the already installed gems, and so will
git clone all the repos.
If you want to skip cloning repositories, you can skip cloning by providing an environment variable
% GEMSRC_SKIP=true bundle install
- Fork it
- Create your feature branch (
git checkout -b my-new-feature)
- Commit your changes (
git commit -am 'Add some feature')
- Push to the branch (
git push origin my-new-feature)
- Create new Pull Request