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This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Spree eCommerce platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 systems.These are the packages we’re going to be setting up.
- Ruby version 2.5.3
- Rails version 5.2.1
Step 1: Install Ruby
To install Ruby and Rails on Ubuntu, you’ll need to install some dependencies. To make that happen, install Node.js and Yarn repositories. This will make installing the dependencies easier.
First install these curl and git packages.
sudo apt update sudo apt install curl git
Than run the commands below to add Node.js and Yarn repositories and keys to your system. Then install some core packages to get your environment going.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nodejs yarn zlib1g-dev build-essential libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev software-properties-common libffi-dev
When you’re done. continue below:
After adding the repositories and installing necessary packages above, install Ruby with your local profile settings using rbenv. you’ll then use rbenv to install ruby-build.
cd ~/ git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL git clone https://github.com/rbenv/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL
After setting up your local profile. run the commands below to install Ruby version 2.5.3. If a newer version is available, replace the version number to that. vist this site to find out Ruby latest versions.
rbenv install 2.5.3 rbenv global 2.5.3
To verify that Ruby is installed, run the commands below:
You should see similar lines as below:
ruby 2.5.3p105 (2018-10-18 revision 65156) [x86_64-linux]
Another package management you’ll want to install is bundler. to do that, run the commands below
gem install bundler
Now run the command below after installing bundler.
Step 2: Install Rails
Now that Ruby environment is set up, run the commands below to install Rails. Rails can be installed from a Node.Js. Run the commands below to install Node.js repository, then install Node.js package.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
Now that Node.js is installed, run the commands below to install Rails.
gem install rails -v 5.2.1
Don’t forget to rehash your rbenv environment installing install new packages.
To verify if Rails is installed, run the commands below.
You should see something similar to the lines below:
Step 3: Install Spree eCommerce
Now that your environment is ready, run the commands below to install Spree eCommerce and build your first site. Next, run the commands below
rails new spree
Next change into the spree folder and install there.
Then run the commands to open the Gemfile there.
When it opens, copy and paste the lines below into the file and save.
gem 'spree', '~> 3.6.4' gem 'spree_auth_devise', '~> 3.3' gem 'spree_gateway', '~> 3.3'
Then file should look like this:
ruby '2.5.3' #spree gem 'spree', '~> 3.6.4' gem 'spree_auth_devise', '~> 3.3' gem 'spree_gateway', '~> 3.3' # Bundle edge Rails instead: gem 'rails', github: 'rails/rails' gem 'rails', '~> 5.2.1' # Use sqlite3 as the database for Active Record gem 'sqlite3'
Save and exit.
After that, run the commands below:
After a while, necessary packages should be installed. When you’re done, run the commands below to create an admin user and install spree.
You will be prompted to create an admin email address and a password.
rails g spree:install --user_class=Spree::User rails g spree:auth:install rails g spree_gateway:install
Finally, run the commands below to start the server.
rails server --binding=0.0.0.0
Now open your browser and browse to the hostname follow by port # 3000
You should see Spree home page.
Logon to the backend using the admin address and password.
You can always perform any of these steps later by using these commands.
bundle exec rake railties:install:migrations bundle exec rake db:migrate bundle exec rake db:seed bundle exec rake spree_sample:load
Congratulation! You have successfully installed Spree eCommect platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10
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