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Spree Starter

This a dockerized Spree Commerce application template ready to for local development and deployment to cloud providers.

Deploy in the cloud

Using Heroku


Using Render

Deploy to Render

Note that sample data does not automatically get loaded when deploying to Render with the default configuration. In order to add sample data, run the following commands in the web service shell:

bundle exec rails db:seed
bundle exec rake spree_sample:load

Deploying to Render with Spree Legacy Frontend

To deploy to render with the Spree Legacy Frontend, first follow the instructions in the legacy frontend ReadMe on adding the appropriate gems to your gemfile, and update the web service build command to use bin/, like so:

  - type: web
    name: spree
    env: ruby
    buildCommand: "./bin/"

After that, you'll be ready to deploy to render.

Local Installation

Using Docker (Recommended)

Install required tools and dependencies:

Run setup script


(Optional) Import sample data such as products, categories, etc

docker compose run web rake spree_sample:load

After the setup is finished, launch the webserver with:


Using Hybrid installation

Install required tools and dependencies:

Run setup script


(Optional) Import sample data such as products, categories, etc

bundle exec rake spree_sample:load

After loading all docker dependencies launch local server with:


Without Docker (not recommended for beginners)

Install required tools and dependencies

  1. HomeBrew -

  2. Install required packages: GPG, PostgreSQL, Redis, ImageMagick, and VIPS

    brew install gpg postgresql redis imagemagick vips
    createuser -P -d postgres
  3. RVM -

  4. NVM -

  5. Ruby - rvm install 3.2.0

  6. Node - nvm install

  7. Yarn - npm -g install yarn

Run setup script


Adding Storefront

Spree is a headless e-commerce platform which you can use with any storefront you like. We have pre-built integrations with:


Connect to the docker container

docker compose run web bash

Run update commands

bundle update
bin/rails spree:install:migrations
bin/rails db:migrate

For additional instructions please visit Spree Upgrade Guides


Launching rails console

docker compose run web rails c

Launching bash console

docker compose run web bash


Adding new gems

Update Gemfile and run

bundle install
docker compose build

You will need to restart the server if running:

docker compose restart

Environment variables

variable description default value
DEBUG_ASSETS Enables/disables asset debugging in development false
DB_POOL database connection pool 5
MEMCACHED_POOL_SIZE memcache connection pool 5
SENDGRID_API_KEY API key to interface Sendgrid API


libvips error

If you are building the application using the latest code, you may encounter the following libvips error:

LoadError: Could not open library ''

This error is usually an indication that you do not have libvips installed locally on your machine. Check that libvips is installed with vips -v, and if it is not installed, follow installation instructions here.

disabled 'Add to Cart' button

This issue is specific to running with spree_legacy_frontend.

If you notice that the 'Add to Cart' button is disabled on product pages, try the troubleshooting instructions found in the spree_legacy_frontend ReadMe.

uninitialized constant Spree::Preference (NameError)

If upgrading your spree app to Rails 7, you may run into the following error:

/lib/spree/core/preferences/store.rb:96:in `should_persist?': 
uninitialized constant Spree::Preference (NameError)

To fix this error, you'll need to update your spree config initializer. In config/initializers/spree.rb, wrap the Spree.config block in a Rails.application.config.after_initialize block, like so:

Rails.application.config.after_initialize do
  Spree.config do |config|
    # config settings initialized here


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