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Fix compatibility with RSpec 3.3

Remove dependency on RSpec’s HtmlFormatter & co by copying them over from RSpec Core. See discussion in rspec/rspec-core@74a286d#commitcomment-12159927
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RSpec TextMate Bundle

This bundle works with TextMate 2 and RSpec 2 and 3. For TextMate 1 and/or RSpec 1 please use the legacy version from the branch “rspec1-textmate1”.


Open up TextMate’s preferences, go to “Bundles” and make sure “RSpec” is checked.

Running RSpec examples

Commands for running examples:

  • Run Examples ⌘R: Run all examples in the current spec file.
  • Run Single Example ⇧⌘R: Run the example on the current line (also works for example groups).
  • Run Examples in Selected Files/Directories ⌥⇧⌘R: Run all examples from the files / directories selected in the file browser. If nothing is selected, run all examples in spec/. Hint: ⇧⌘A ⌥⇧⌘R is a quick way to run all specs (⇧⌘A deselects everything in the file browser).
  • Run Again ⌥⌘R: Repeat the last run command (can be example file, single example or examples in selected files).

If your project has an .rspec file in its root, the last two commands – “Run Examples in Selected Files/Directories” and “Run Again” – are available everywhere in your project (even in files that not using the “RSpec” mode).

Configuring TextMate for running examples

Using the bundle to run commands means that RSpec is run from a TextMate subprocess. Some caveats apply:

TL;DR: If your project has a binstub (bin/rspec), make sure you’ve customized TextMate’s $PATH to play nicely with your Ruby version manager (rbenv, rvm, …). If it has a Gemfile, the same goes for $TM_RUBY. If you’re using the Ruby bundled with Mac OS (not recommended), you shouldn’t need to customize anything.

Now here come the gritty details. There are two ways the bundle can run RSpec:

Running RSpec via binstub

If bin/rspec is present, the bundle uses that to run RSpec (great for projects using Bundler binstubs or Spring). The binstub is run via a subshell. This shell inherits it’s $PATH from TextMate (init scripts like .bashrc are not run), so make sure this is set to work correctly with rbenv, rvm or whatever you’re using. See Defining a $PATH in the TextMate blog for details and caveats.

Running RSpec from Ruby

If no binstub is present, the bundle commands (which are Ruby scripts) run RSpec examples directly from their Ruby process. The important thing to consider here is the version of Ruby used for running the examples:

The bundle commands start ruby via ${TM_RUBY:-ruby} …, this means:

  1. If $TM_RUBY is set, that is used. (Can be set via Preferences → Variables.)
  2. Otherwise, search $PATH for an executable named ruby and use that. This will most probably result in using the Ruby version bundled with Mac OS, unless you manually customize $PATH (again, see Defining a $PATH for details and caveats.)

The bundle then tries to determine which version of RSpec to use. Again, there are two options:

  1. If a Gemfile is present, the RSpec version from Gemfile.lock is used (via Bundler).
  2. If no Gemfile is present, the bundle searches vendor/plugins and vendor/gems for a vendored version of RSpec:
    1. If a vendored version is found, it is used.
    2. If no vendored version is found, the bundle just tries to require RSpec directly. This means that RSpec must be available in Ruby’s LOAD_PATH. If you’re using Ruby 1.9 or newer this usually means that the most recent RSpec version installed via rubygems will get used.

If your Gemfile is located at a non-standard location, you can add --bundler to a file named .rspec-tm in your project’s root directory to force the RSpec bundle to use Bundler (you’ll need to make sure BUNDLER_GEMFILE is set, otherwise Bundler won’t find the Gemfile, too).



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


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 that 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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