an rbenv plugin that makes shims aware of bundle installation paths
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rbenv-bundler: A Bundler Plugin for rbenv

This plugin transparently makes rbenv's shims aware of bundle installation paths. It saves you from the hassle of having to type bundle exec ${command} when working with per-project gemsets and will enable rbenv which ${command} to report Bundler-installed gem executables if available.


  1. Get rbenv working. Read the documentation thoroughly and be sure to set up your Bash environment correctly.

  2. Install the plugin.

     $ git clone -- \


  1. Just as you would run rbenv rehash upon installation of a new Ruby distribution or a gem with associated executable, you will also need to run it inside Bundler-controlled project directories with local, rbenv-installed Ruby versions set.

     $ # Suppose the project uses Ruby version 1.8.7-p352.
     $ rbenv local 1.8.7-p352
     $ # Install the version-specific Bundler gem.
     $ gem install bundler
     $ # Suppose you already have a Gemfile.
     $ bundle install --path vendor/local
     $ # Don't forget to rehash!
     $ rbenv rehash
     $ # If "rake" is a Bundler-installed gem executable, report its location
     $ # with "rbenv which". The result should look like
     $ # "${PWD}/vendor/local/ruby/1.8/bin/rake"
     $ rbenv which rake
     $ # Run "rake" without having to type "bundle exec rake".
     $ rake
  2. If you wish to disable the plugin, type rbenv bundler off. Type rbenv bundler on to enable.

Version History

0.91 (January 18, 2012)

  • The plugin now scans ~/.bundle/config in addition to, and as a fallback for, the project-local Bundler configuration file. Credit @mbrictson.
  • Fixed issue #6, where nonexistent directories would cause the rehash mechanism to return prematurely. Credit @mbrictson.

0.90 (September 28, 2011)

  • Updated plugin scripts to use the RBENV_DIR environment variable.
  • Started release tagging.