Read the manual for an in-depth discussion of all of the options available in the
Gemfile and how to use them.
Gemfiles require at least one gem source, in the form of the URL for a RubyGems server.
There are shortcuts for the default gem server, so all of these sources are the same.
Declare the gems that you need, including version numbers. Specify versions using the same
syntax that RubyGems supports for dependencies.
gem 'rails', '3.0.0.beta3'
gem 'rack', '>=1.0'
gem 'thin', '~>1.1'
Most of the version specifiers, like
RubyGems version specifiers
>= 1.0, are self-explanatory.
~> has a special meaning, best shown by example.
~> 2.0.3 is identical to
>= 2.0.3 and
~> 2.1 is identical to
>= 2.1 and
~> 2.2.beta will match prerelease versions like
If a gem's main file is different than the gem name, specify how to require it.
gem 'rspec', :require => 'spec'
:require => false to prevent bundler from requiring the gem, but still install it and maintain dependencies.
gem 'rspec', :require => false
In order to require gems in your
Learn More: Bundler.require
Gemfile, you will need to call
Bundler.require in your application.
Git repositories are also valid gem sources, as long as the repo contains one or
more valid gems. Specify what to check out with
:ref. The default is the
gem 'nokogiri', :git => 'https://github.com/tenderlove/nokogiri.git', :branch => '1.4'
git 'https://github.com/wycats/thor.git', :tag => 'v0.13.4'
If the git repository does not contain a
Learn more: Git
.gemspec file, bundler
will create a simple one, without any dependencies, executables or C extensions.
This may work for simple gems, but not work for others. If there is no .gemspec,
you probably shouldn't use the gem from git.
If you are actively developing a gem, perhaps checked out from Github, you can use the gem
directly from its directory on your filesystem.
gem 'nokogiri', :path => '~/sw/gems/nokogiri'
Dependencies can be placed into groups, to be ignored at install-time or required all at once.
gem 'wirble', :group => :development
gem 'ruby-debug', :group => [:development, :test]
group :test do
Learn more: Groups
You can now specify the version of Ruby in the
Gemfile like the following:
What this means is that this app has a dependency to a Ruby VM that is ABI compatible with 1.9.3. If the version check does not match, Bundler will raise an exception. This will ensure the running code matches. You can be more specific with the
ruby '1.9.3', :engine => 'jruby', :engine_version => '1.6.7'
Learn More: Ruby Directive