Building block for spree social networking features (provides authentication and account linkage)
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NOTE: If you were contributing to the 0.70.x version of this extension, please make sure you are using the 0_70_stable branch, as this branch has recently been forced push to in order to release the 1.0.x extension rewrite.

Core for all Social media related functionality for Spree. The Spree Social gem handles authorization, account creation and association through social media sources such as, Twitter and Facebook. This requires the edge source of Spree. This gem is beta at best and should be treated as such. Features and code base will change rapidly as this is under active development. Use with caution.

Setup for Production

Add this to your gem file Gemfile

gem "spree_social", :git => "git://"

bundle update

bundle exec rake spree_social:install

rake db:migrate

Spree Setup to Utilize OAuth Sources

Login as an admin user and navigate to Configuration > Social Authentication Methods

Click on the New Authentication Method button to enter the key obtained from their respective source (See below for instructions on setting up the various providers)

Multiple key entries can now be entered based on the rails environment. This allows for portability and the lack of need to check in your key to your repository. You also have the ability to enable and disable sources. These setting will be reflected on the client UI as well.

You do not need to restart your application after configuring or updating an authentication method.

Setup the Applications at the Respective Sources

OAuth Applications @ Facebook, Twitter and / or Github are supported out of the box but you will need to setup applications are each respective site as follows for public use and for development.

All URLs must be in the form of domain.tld you may add a port as well for development



  1. Name the app what you will and agree to the terms.
  2. Fill out the capcha
  3. Under the Web Site tab
  4. Site URL: http://your_computer.local:3000 for development / for production
  5. Site domain: your-computer.local / respectively



  1. Name and Description must be filled in with something
  2. Application Website: http://your_computer.local:3000 for development / for production
  3. Application Type: Browser
  4. Callback URL: http://your_computer.local:3000 for development / for production
  5. Default Access Type: Read & Write
  6. Save Application



  1. Name The Application
  2. Main URL: http://your_computer.local:3000 for development / for production
  3. Callback URL: http://your_computer.local:3000 for development / for production
  4. Click Create

This does not seem to be a listed Github item right now. To View and / or edit your applications goto

Other OAuth sources that a currently supported

  • Google (OAuth)

Setup for Development

git clone git://

cd spree

rake sandbox

git clone git://

add this to sandbox/Gemfile

gem "spree_social", :path => "../spree_social"

bundle update

rails g spree_social:install

bundle exec rake db:migrate


rake test_app inside of cloned spree_social folder

rspec spec

Adding your own Auth Source

Most auth sources supported by the Omniauth gem can be added. I attempt to keep the popular ones included and tested.

Copyright (c) 2012 John Brien Dilts, released under the New BSD License