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Spree is a complete open source e-commerce solution built with Ruby on Rails. It was originally developed by Sean Schofield and is now maintained by developers from Spark Solutions and Vinsol. We’re open to contributions and accepting new Core Team members.

Spree consists of several different gems, each of which are maintained in a single repository and documented in a single set of online documentation.

  • spree_api (RESTful API)
  • spree_frontend (Customer frontend)
  • spree_backend (Admin panel)
  • spree_cmd (Command-line tools)
  • spree_core (Models & Mailers, the basic components of Spree that it can’t run without)
  • spree_sample (Sample data)


Try Spree with direct deployment on Heroku:


If you have want to run demo spree application on your machine, you can use our docker image with command below. It will download and run sample Spree application on http://localhost:3000 shell docker run --rm -it -p 3000:3000 spreecommerce/spree:latest

Getting Started

Add Spree gems to your Gemfile:

Rails 5.1

ruby gem 'spree', '~> 3.4.0' gem 'spree_auth_devise', '~> 3.3' gem 'spree_gateway', '~> 3.3'

Rails 5.0

ruby gem 'spree', '~> 3.2.0' gem 'spree_auth_devise', '~> 3.3' gem 'spree_gateway', '~> 3.3'

Rails 4.2

ruby gem 'spree', '~> 3.1.0' gem 'spree_auth_devise', '~> 3.3' gem 'spree_gateway', '~> 3.3'

Note: If you’re using fresh Rails 5.1 application, you need to run bundle update i18n before following steps below.

Run bundle install

Use the install generators to set up Spree:

shell rails g spree:install --user_class=Spree::User rails g spree:auth:install rails g spree_gateway:install

Installation options

Alternatively, if you want to use the bleeding edge version of Spree, add this to your Gemfile:

ruby gem 'spree', github: 'spree/spree' gem 'spree_auth_devise', github: 'spree/spree_auth_devise' gem 'spree_gateway', github: 'spree/spree_gateway'

Note: The master branch is not guaranteed to ever be in a fully functioning state. It is unwise to use this branch in a production system you care deeply about.

By default, the installation generator (rails g spree:install) will run migrations as well as adding seed and sample data and will copy frontend views for easy customization (if spree_frontend available). This can be disabled using

shell rails g spree:install --migrate=false --sample=false --seed=false --copy_views=false

You can always perform any of these steps later by using these commands.

shell bundle exec rake railties:install:migrations bundle exec rake db:migrate bundle exec rake db:seed bundle exec rake spree_sample:load

Bundle Issues

If you encountered any problems with bundler, please try downgrading to bundler 1.13.7 or earlier.

Browse Store


Browse Admin Interface



Spree Extensions provide additional features not present in the Core system.

Extension Spree 3.1+ support Description
spree_gateway Build Status Community supported Spree Payment Method Gateways
spree_auth_devise Build Status Provides authentication services for Spree, using the Devise gem.
spree_i18n Build Status I18n translation files for Spree Commerce
spree-multi-domain Build Status Multiple Spree stores on different domains - single unified backed for processing orders
spree_multi_currency Build Status Provides UI to allow configuring multiple currencies in Spree
spree_braintree_vzero Build Status Official Spree Braintree + PayPal extension
spree_address_book Build Status Adds address book for users to Spree
spree_digital Build Status A Spree extension to enable downloadable products
spree_social Build Status Building block for spree social networking features (provides authentication and account linkage)
spree_related_products Build Status Related products extension for Spree
spree_active_shipping Build Status Spree integration for Shopify’s active_shipping gem
spree_static_content Build Status Manage static pages for Spree
spree-product-assembly Build Status Adds oportunity to make bundle of products
spree_editor Build Status Rich text editor for Spree with Image and File uploading in-place
spree_recently_viewed Build Status Recently viewed products in Spree
spree_wishlist Build Status Wishlist extension for Spree
spree_sitemap Build Status Sitemap Generator for Spree
spree_volume_pricing Build Status It determines the price for a particular product variant with predefined ranges of quantities
better_spree_paypal_express Build Status This is the official Paypal Express extension for Spree.


You may notice that your Spree store runs slowly in development environment. This can be because in development each asset (css and javascript) is loaded separately. You can disable it by adding the following line to config/environments/development.rb.

ruby config.assets.debug = false

Developing Spree

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

Clone the Git repo

shell git clone git:// cd spree

Install the gem dependencies

shell bundle install


Create a sandbox Rails application for testing purposes which automatically perform all necessary database setup

shell bundle exec rake sandbox

Start the server

shell cd sandbox rails server

Running Tests

We use CircleCI to run the tests for Spree.

You can see the build statuses at

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. shell cd core bundle exec rake test_app bundle exec rspec spec

If you would like to run specs against a particular database you may specify the dummy app’s database, which defaults to sqlite3. shell DB=postgres bundle exec rake test_app

If you want to run specs for only a single spec file shell bundle exec rspec spec/models/spree/state_spec.rb

If you want to run a particular line of spec shell bundle exec rspec spec/models/spree/state_spec.rb:7

You can also enable fail fast in order to stop tests at the first failure shell FAIL_FAST=true bundle exec rspec spec/models/state_spec.rb

If you want to run the simplecov code coverage report shell COVERAGE=true bundle exec rspec spec

If you’re working on multiple facets of Spree to test, please ensure that you have a postgres user:

shell createuser -s -r postgres

And also ensure that you have PhantomJS installed as well:

shell brew update && brew install phantomjs

To execute all the tests, you may want to run this command at the root of the Spree project to generate test applications and run specs for all the facets: shell bash


Spree is an open source project and we encourage contributions. Please review the contributing guidelines before contributing.

In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:


Spree is released under the New BSD License.