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Spree is a complete open source commerce solution for Ruby on Rails. It was originally developed by Sean Schofield and is now maintained by a dedicated core team. You can find out more about by visiting the Spree e-commerce project page.

Spree actually consists of several different gems, each of which are maintained in a single repository and documented in a single set of online documentation. By requiring the Spree gem you automatically require all of the necessary dependency gems. Those gems are as follows:

  • spree_api
  • spree_auth
  • spree_core
  • spree_dashboard
  • spree_payment_gateway
  • spree_promotions
  • spree_sample

All of the gems are designed to work together to provide a fully functional e-commerce platform. It is also possible, however, to use only the pieces you are interested in. So for example, you could use just the barebones spree_core gem and perhaps combine it with your own custom authorization scheme instead of using spree_auth.

Using the Gem

Start by adding the gem to your existing Rails 3.x application's Gemfile

gem 'spree'

Then use the install generator to install all of the necessary migrations, assets, etc.

rails g spree:install

NOTE: This takes a while since its actually calling several generators (one for each of the dependencies) and apparently Rails generators are quite slow.

Now you just need to run the new migrations

rake db:migrate
rake db:seed

If you also want some sample products, orders, etc. to play with you can run the appropriate rake task.

rake db:sample

Browse Store


Browse Admin Interface


Working with the edge source (latest and greatest features)

The source code is essentially a collection of gems. Spree is meant to be run within the context of Rails application. You can easily create a sandbox application inside of your cloned source directory for testing purposes.

  1. Clone the git repo

     git clone git://github.com/railsdog/spree.git spree
     cd spree
  2. Install the gem dependencies

     bundle install
  3. Create a sanbox rails application for testing purposes

     rails new sandbox -m sample/sandbox_template.rb
     cd sandbox
  4. Generate the necessary Spree files

     rails g spree:install
  5. Bootstrap the database (run the migrations, create seed data, optionally load sample data.)

     rake db:migrate db:seed db:sample
  6. Start the server

     rails server

Running Tests

Each gem contains its own series of tests, and for each directory, you need to do a quick one-time creation of a test application and then you can use it to run the tests. For example, to run the tests for the core project.

rails new testapp -m spec/test_template.rb -T -J
cd testapp
rails g spree_core:install
rake db:migrate db:seed db:test:prepare

Then run the tests

rspec spec

Note that each project has its own generator for "installing." This basically sets up the test app with what it needs to run (primarily migrations.) So for the spree_auth gme, for example, you would use the following

rails g spree_auth:install


Spree is an open source project. We encourage contributions. Please see the contributors guidelines before contributing. Do not send a Github pull request - it will be ignored.