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:
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.
Start by adding the gem to your existing Rails 3.x application's Gemfile
Update your bundle
$ bundle install
Use the install generator to do the basic setup. The install generator will prompt you to run migrations, setup some basic data, and load sample products, orders, etc.
$ rails g spree:site
To auto accept all prompts while running the install generator, pass -A as an option
$ rails g spree:site -A
If you chose to ignore the prompts while running the basic install generator you can manually run migrations and load basic data with the following commands
$ bundle exec rake db:migrate $ bundle exec rake db:seed
To manually load sample products, orders, etc., run the following rake task
$ bundle exec rake spree_sample:load
Rails 3.1 introduced a concept known as the asset pipeline. Unfortunately it results in poor performance when running your site in development mode (production mode is unaffected.) You may want to run the following command when testing locally in development mode
$ bundle exec rake assets:precompile:nondigest
Using the precompile rake task in development will prevent any changes to asset files from being automatically included in when you reload the page. You must re-run the precompile task for changes to become available.
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.
Clone the git repo
git clone git://github.com/spree/spree.git spree cd spree
Install the gem dependencies
Create a sandbox rails application for testing purposes (and automatically perform all necessary database setup)
bundle exec rake sandbox
Start the server
cd sandbox rails server
You may noticed that your Spree store runs slowly in development mode. This is a side-effect of how Rails works in development mode which is to continuous reload your Ruby objects on each request. The introduction of the asset pipeline in Rails 3.1 made default performance in development mode significantly worse. There are, however, a few tricks to speeding up performance.
You can recompile your assets as follows:
$ bundle exec rake assets:precompile RAILS_ENV=development
If you want to remove precompiled assets (recommended before you commit to git and push your changes) use the following rake task:
$ bundle exec rake assets:clean
If you want to run all the tests across all the gems then
$ cd spree $ bundle exec rake #=> 'this will run rspec tests for all the gems'
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.
$ cd core $ bundle exec rake test_app
You can run all of the tests with a single command
$ bundle exec rake
If you want to run specs for only a single spec file
$ bundle exec rspec spec/models/state_spec.rb
If you want to run a particular line of spec
$ bundle exec rspec spec/models/state_spec.rb:7
Spree is an open source project. We encourage contributions. Please see the contributors guidelines before contributing.