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RSpec TextMate Bundle


mkdir -p ~/Library/Application\ Support/TextMate/Pristine\ Copy/Bundles
cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/TextMate/Pristine\ Copy/Bundles
git clone git:// RSpec.tmbundle
osascript -e 'tell app "TextMate" to reload bundles'

Support for both RSpec-1 and RSpec-2

This RSpec.tmbundle works with both rspec-1 and rspec-2. Given that they work differently, the RSpec.tmbundle tries its best to figure out which one you're using in each project when you try to run RSpec examples. There are two separate parts to this process, and you have some control over how each one works.


The RSpec.tmbundle prepares the LOAD_PATH as follows:

  1. If a Gemfile is present, Bundler is used to prepare the Load Path with requires 'bundler' and then Bundler.setup is executed. (This can be overridden - see below).

  2. If Bundler isn't being used, vendor/plugins and vendor/gems are searched for rspec. If rspec is found, then it's lib directory is added to LOAD_PATH.


Once the LOAD_PATH is prepared, RSpec-tmbundle tries to determine which version of RSpec to use as follows:

  1. RSpec-tmbundle checks for an ./rspec-tm file in the project's root directory. If that file is exists, then RSpec-tmbundle attempts to set the RSpec version from the configuration found there.

To configure the version using this method add a file named .rspec-tm to the project's root directory containing:

--rspec-version 2.0.0

or whichever version you are using.

This is the one foolproof way to ensure that the right version is invoked, but you don't really need to do this in most cases.

  1. If no version is configured, RSpec-tmbundle searches for rspec in the vendor/gems and the vendor/plugins directories. If rspec is found, RSpec-tmbundle determines the version to use based on the files present there.

  2. If no version is configured and no rspec directory could be found in vendor, then RSpec-tmbundle attempts to run rspec-2 with:

    require 'rspec/core'

If that raises an exception, RSpec-tmbundle makes a final attempt by trying to run rspec-1 with:

require 'spec/autorun'

Which Approach Should I Use?

The effectiveness of each approach is partially dependent on how you manage your gem environment. The simplest (and suggested) approach is to first just see if it just works, and if not, then configure the version you want in the .rspec-tm file.


The RSpec TextMate bundle does not require "rubygems" so that users who choose other packaging mechanisms can still use it. If you are using Rubygems as your package manager, then the simplest thing to do is

  • open the TextMate Preferences
  • go to the Advanced tab
  • add a variable named RUBYOPT with the value rubygems


You can set the following options in an .rspec-tm file in the root directory of your project:


see RSpec-version, above.


Use Bundler, even if there is no Gemfile (in which case you should have the BUNDLER_GEMFILE environment variable set).


Don't use Bundler, even if there is a Gemfile.

TextMate shell variables

In addition to the standard TextMate shell variables, the RSpec TextMate bundle supports the following:


Set a custom formatter other than RSpec's TextMate formatter. Use the full classname, e.g. 'Spec::Core::Formatters::WebKit'


Use this to set RSpec options just as you would in an .rspec file.


If you're hacking on rspec yourself, point this to the rspec-core project directory for rspec-2, or the rspec directory for rspec-1.

RVM Integration

There are lots of ways to configure TextMate to work with rvm, but this is the one the we recommend:

With rvm installed, take the full path to rvm-auto-ruby, found via: which rvm-auto-ruby

Next, set up a TM_RUBY option in TextMate/Preferences/Advanced/Shell Variables that points to the rvm-auto-ruby command.

Learn more at:


Parts of RSpec.tmbundle are based on Florian Weber's TDDMate.


The license of RSpec.tmbundle is the same as RSpec's.

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