bundle-install - Install the dependencies specified in your Gemfile
bundle install[--binstubs[=DIRECTORY]] [--clean] [--deployment] [--frozen] [--full-index] [--gemfile=GEMFILE] [--jobs=NUMBER] [--local] [--no-cache] [--no-prune] [--path PATH] [--quiet] [--redownload] [--retry=NUMBER] [--shebang] [--standalone[=GROUP[ GROUP...]]] [--system] [--trust-policy=POLICY] [--with=GROUP[ GROUP...]] [--without=GROUP[ GROUP...]]
Install the gems specified in your Gemfile(5). If this is the first
time you run bundle install (and a
Gemfile.lock does not exist),
Bundler will fetch all remote sources, resolve dependencies and
install all needed gems.
Gemfile.lock does exist, and you have not updated your Gemfile(5),
Bundler will fetch all remote sources, but use the dependencies
specified in the
Gemfile.lock instead of resolving dependencies.
Gemfile.lock does exist, and you have updated your Gemfile(5),
Bundler will use the dependencies in the
Gemfile.lock for all gems
that you did not update, but will re-resolve the dependencies of
gems that you did update. You can find more information about this
update process below under CONSERVATIVE UPDATING.
To apply any of
bundle install is run, use
bundle config (see bundle-config(1)).
bin/. This lets you link the binstub inside of an application to the exact gem version the application needs.
Creates a directory (defaults to
~/bin) and places any executables from the
gem there. These executables run in Bundler's context. If used, you might add
this directory to your environment's
PATH variable. For instance, if the
rails gem comes with a
rails executable, this flag will create a
bin/rails executable that ensures that all referred dependencies will be
resolved using the bundled gems.
vendor/cacherelative to this location.
rubygems.org. Instead, Bundler will use the gems already present in Rubygems' cache or in
vendor/cache. Note that if a appropriate platform-specific gem exists on
rubygems.orgit will not be found.
vendor/cachewith the newly bundled gems. This does not remove any gems in the cache but keeps the newly bundled gems from being cached during the install.
gem install ...will have gem installed there, too. Therefore, gems installed without a
--path ...setting will show up by calling
gem list. Accordingly, gems installed to other locations will not get listed.
ruby) to execute the scripts created with
--binstubs. In addition, if you use
--shebang jrubythese executables will be changed to execute
bundleand installs the bundle there. It also generates a
bundle/bundler/setup.rbfile to replace Bundler's own setup in the manner required. Using this option implicitly sets
path, which is a [remembered option][REMEMBERED OPTIONS].
NoSecurity. For more details, please see the Rubygems signing documentation linked below in SEE ALSO.
Bundler's defaults are optimized for development. To switch to
defaults optimized for deployment and for CI, use the
flag. Do not activate deployment mode on development machines, as it
will cause an error when the Gemfile(5) is modified.
Gemfile.lock is required.
To ensure that the same versions of the gems you developed with
and tested with are also used in deployments, a
This is mainly to ensure that you remember to check your
Gemfile.lock into version control.
Gemfile.lock must be up to date
In deployment, your
Gemfile.lock should be up-to-date with
changes made in your Gemfile(5).
Gems are installed to
vendor/bundle not your default system location
In development, it's convenient to share the gems used in your application with other applications and other scripts that run on the system.
In deployment, isolation is a more important default. In addition, the user deploying the application may not have permission to install gems to the system, or the web server may not have permission to read them.
As a result,
bundle install --deployment installs gems to
vendor/bundle directory in the application. This may be
overridden using the
By default, Bundler installs gems to the same location as
In some cases, that location may not be writable by your Unix user. In
that case, Bundler will stage everything in a temporary directory,
then ask you for your
sudo password in order to copy the gems into
their system location.
From your perspective, this is identical to installing the gems directly into the system.
You should never use
sudo bundle install. This is because several
other steps in
bundle install must be performed as the current user:
vendor/cache, if necessary
Of these three, the first two could theoretically be performed by
chowning the resulting files to
$SUDO_USER. The third, however,
can only be performed by invoking the
git command as
the current user. Therefore, git gems are downloaded and installed
~/.bundle rather than $GEM_HOME or $BUNDLE_PATH.
As a result, you should run
bundle install as the current user,
and Bundler will ask for your password if it is needed to put the
gems into their final location.
bundle install will install all gems in all groups
in your Gemfile(5), except those declared for a different platform.
However, you can explicitly tell Bundler to skip installing
certain groups with the
--without option. This option takes
a space-separated list of groups.
--without option will skip installing the gems in the
specified groups, it will still download those gems and use them to
resolve the dependencies of every gem in your Gemfile(5).
This is so that installing a different set of groups on another machine (such as a production server) will not change the gems and versions that you have already developed and tested against.
Bundler offers a rock-solid guarantee that the third-party
code you are running in development and testing is also the
third-party code you are running in production. You can choose
to exclude some of that code in different environments, but you
will never be caught flat-footed by different versions of
third-party code being used in different environments.
For a simple illustration, consider the following Gemfile(5):
source 'https://rubygems.org' gem 'sinatra' group :production do gem 'rack-perftools-profiler' end
In this case,
sinatra depends on any version of Rack (
>= 1.0), while
rack-perftools-profiler depends on 1.x (
When you run
bundle install --without production in development, we
look at the dependencies of
rack-perftools-profiler as well. That way,
you do not spend all your time developing against Rack 2.0, using new
APIs unavailable in Rack 1.x, only to have Bundler switch to Rack 1.2
production group is used.
This should not cause any problems in practice, because we do not
install the gems in the excluded groups, and only evaluate
as part of the dependency resolution process.
This also means that you cannot include different versions of the same gem in different groups, because doing so would result in different sets of dependencies used in development and production. Because of the vagaries of the dependency resolution process, this usually affects more than the gems you list in your Gemfile(5), and can (surprisingly) radically change the gems you are using.
When you run
bundle install, Bundler will persist the full names
and versions of all gems that you used (including dependencies of
the gems specified in the Gemfile(5)) into a file called
Bundler uses this file in all subsequent calls to
which guarantees that you always use the same exact code, even
as your application moves across machines.
Because of the way dependency resolution works, even a seemingly small change (for instance, an update to a point-release of a dependency of a gem in your Gemfile(5)) can result in radically different gems being needed to satisfy all dependencies.
As a result, you
SHOULD check your
Gemfile.lock into version
control, in both applications and gems. If you do not, every machine that
checks out your repository (including your production server) will resolve all
dependencies again, which will result in different versions of
third-party code being used if
any of the gems in the Gemfile(5)
or any of their dependencies have been updated.
When Bundler first shipped, the
Gemfile.lock was included in the
file included with generated gems. Over time, however, it became clear that
this practice forces the pain of broken dependencies onto new contributors,
while leaving existing contributors potentially unaware of the problem. Since
bundle install is usually the first step towards a contribution, the pain of
broken dependencies would discourage new contributors from contributing. As a
result, we have revised our guidance for gem authors to now recommend checking
in the lock for gems.
When you make a change to the Gemfile(5) and then run
Bundler will update only the gems that you modified.
In other words, if a gem that you
did not modify worked before
bundle install, it will continue to use the exact
same versions of all dependencies as it used before the update.
Let's take a look at an example. Here's your original Gemfile(5):
source 'https://rubygems.org' gem 'actionpack', '2.3.8' gem 'activemerchant'
In this case, both
activemerchant depend on
actionpack gem depends on
rack ~> 1.1.0, while the
activemerchant gem depends on
activesupport >= 2.3.2,
braintree >= 2.0.0, and
builder >= 2.0.0.
When the dependencies are first resolved, Bundler will select
activesupport 2.3.8, which satisfies the requirements of both
gems in your Gemfile(5).
Next, you modify your Gemfile(5) to:
source 'https://rubygems.org' gem 'actionpack', '3.0.0.rc' gem 'activemerchant'
actionpack 3.0.0.rc gem has a number of new dependencies,
and updates the
activesupport dependency to
= 3.0.0.rc and
rack dependency to
When you run
bundle install, Bundler notices that you changed
actionpack gem, but not the
activemerchant gem. It
evaluates the gems currently being used to satisfy its requirements:
activemerchant, which is not being updated
rack ~> 1.1.0
Because you did not explicitly ask to update
you would not expect it to suddenly stop working after updating
actionpack. However, satisfying the new
dependency of actionpack requires updating one of its dependencies.
activemerchant declares a very loose dependency
that theoretically matches
activesupport 3.0.0.rc, Bundler treats
gems in your Gemfile(5) that have not changed as an atomic unit
together with their dependencies. In this case, the
dependency is treated as
activemerchant 1.7.1 + activesupport 2.3.8,
bundle install will report that it cannot update
To explicitly update
actionpack, including its dependencies
which other gems in the Gemfile(5) still depend on, run
bundle update actionpack (see
Summary: In general, after making a change to the Gemfile(5) , you
should first try to run
bundle install, which will guarantee that no
other gem in the Gemfile(5) is impacted by the change. If that
does not work, run bundle update(1).