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Welcome to Potion Store


  • PayPal Website Payments Pro support
  • PayPal Express Checkout support
  • Google Checkout support
  • Administration interface with some simple sales charts
  • Coupons
  • Send lost license page (
  • Google Analytics e-commerce transaction tracking support for PayPal and credit card orders


  • Rails 3.0 or higher.
  • PostgreSQL or MySQL


This is a brief outline of the steps required to get the development environment of Potion Store up and running on your local machine.

  • Install gems via Bundler

    • Run bundle install
  • Edit the following config files to suit your needs

    • config/store.yml
    • config/paypal.yml
    • config/google_checkout.yml
  • Create config/google_checkout.yml. Modify it with your credentials.

    # Settings for Google Checkout
    # Get these by logging into Google Checkout's merchant site and the sandbox equivalent
      gcheckout_merchant_id: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      gcheckout_merchant_key: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      gcheckout_merchant_id: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      gcheckout_merchant_key: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      gcheckout_merchant_id: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      gcheckout_merchant_key: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
  • Create config/paypal.yml. Modify it with your credentials.

    # PayPal API Access Setup
    # Instructions:
    # 1. Go to
    # 2. Create an account if you don't have one.
    # 3. Click the "Test Accounts" on the left sidebar.
    # 4. Create a Business Test Account if you don't have one.
    # 5. Select the Business Test Account and click the "Enter Sandbox Test Site" button.
    # 6. Once you log in, click "Profile."
    # 7. Click on "API Access."
    # 8. Click the "Request API Credentials" link.
    # 9. Leave the default selection on "Request API signature" and click the "Agree and Submit" button.
    # 10. Fill in api_username and api_password and api_signature with the given information.
    # Development settings
      api_password: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      wiredump: true # Turn on logging of communications with PayPal during development
    # Follow steps 6 to 10 but with your real PayPal account.
    # NOTE: Your PayPal account must have Website Payments Pro already for this to work.
    # Live settings
      api_password: "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
      # Don't turn this on in production mode unless you absolutely have to. It'll log people's credit card information
      wiredump: false 
    # Common setting
    # NOTE: This file is already provided for you. You don't need to download it again.
    ca_file: "certs/api_cert_chain.crt"
  • Set session store secret Edit config/environment.rb and modify the config.action_controller.session setting

  • Setup database

    • Install Postgresql or MySQL if you haven't
    • Create the store_development database. Make sure to set the encoding of the database to UTF8. I recommend pgAdmin for Postgresql newcomers.
    • Edit config/database.yml
    • run "rake db:migrate" to create the database schema
  • Run rails s and test through http://localhost:3000/store and http://localhost:3000/admin

  • Replace the default license key generator in lib/licensekey.rb with your own

  • If you are setting up Google Checkout, log into your Google Checkout account (sandbox or live), go to Settings->Integration and put in your URL that corresponds to the following:

    That is the URL that Google uses to make callbacks. If you don't set this up, your customers will not get their orders delivered by email.


  1. gem install ruby-debug
  2. Put 'debugger' where you want to break in your source code
  3. Start the app with rails s --debugger to enable breakpoints

Final Notes

I'd appreciate it if you kept the "Powered by Potion Store" link in the footer. It'll help more developers find the project.

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