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Documentation for running a gem server via `gem server` or Gem in a box

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-How to set up a server to host gems from within your organization.
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+There are times you would like to run your own gem server. You may want to share gems with colleagues when you are both without internet connectivity. You may have private code, internal to your organization, that you'd like to distribute and manage as gems without making the source publicly available.
+There are a few options to set up a server to host gems from within your organization. Here, we'll cover the `gem server` command and the [Gem in a box]( project. Then, we'll discuss how to use these servers as gem sources during development.
+## Running the built-in gem server
+There is a `gem server` command available to any machine running RubyGems, and this is the fastest way to start hosting gems. Just run the command:
+ gem server
+This will serve all your installed gems from your local machine at [http://localhost:8808](http://localhost:8808). Visiting this in your browser, you'll find that the `gem server` command provides an HTML documentation index.
+When new gems are added, they are automatically available.
+For a complete list of options, run:
+ gem server --help
+## Running Gem in a box
+If you'd like something more featureful, including the ability to push gems, try out the [Gem in a box]( project.
+To get started, install `geminabox`:
+ [~/dev/geminabox] gem install geminabox
+ Fetching: geminabox-0.2.15.gem (100%)
+ Successfully installed geminabox-0.2.15
+ 1 gem installed
+Make a data directory for storing gems:
+ [~/dev/geminabox] mkdir data
+Include the following in a `` file:
+ [~/dev/geminabox] cat
+ require "rubygems"
+ require "geminabox"
+ = "./data"
+ run Geminabox
+And run the server:
+ [~/dev/geminabox] rackup
+ [2011-05-19 12:09:40] INFO WEBrick 1.3.1
+ [2011-05-19 12:09:40] INFO ruby 1.9.2 (2011-02-18) [x86_64-darwin10.5.0]
+ [2011-05-19 12:09:40] INFO WEBrick::HTTPServer#start: pid=60941 port=9292
+Now you can push gems using the `gem inabox` command. The first time you do this, you'll be prompted for the location of your gem server.
+ [~/dev/secretgem] gem build secretgem.gemspec
+ Successfully built RubyGem
+ Name: secretgem
+ Version: 0.0.1
+ File: secretgem-0.0.1.gem
+ [~/dev/secretgem] gem inabox ./secretgem-0.0.1.gem
+ Enter the root url for your personal geminabox instance. (E.g. http://gems/)
+ Host: http://localhost:9292
+ Pushing secretgem-0.0.1.gem to http://localhost:9292/...
+There is a web interface available on [http://localhost:9292](http://localhost:9292) as well. For more information, read the [Gem in a box]( README.
+## Using gems from your server
+Whether you use `gem server`, Gem in a box, or another gem server, you can configure RubyGems to use your local or internal source alongside other sources such as [](
+Use the `gem sources` command to add the gem server to your system-wide gem sources. The following URL is the default for running Gem in a box via `rackup`:
+ gem sources --add http://localhost:9292
+Then install gems as usual:
+ [~] gem install secretgem
+ Successfully installed secretgem-0.0.1
+ 1 gem installed
+If you're using [Bundler]( then you can specify this server as a gem source in your `Gemfile`:
+ [~/dev/myapp] cat Gemfile
+ source "http://localhost:9292"
+ gem "secretgem"
+ [~/dev/myapp] bundle
+ Using secretgem (0.0.1)
+ Using bundler (1.0.13)
+ Your bundle is complete! Use `bundle show [gemname]` to see where a bundled gem is installed.
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