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A free, open-source ecommerce platform that gives you complete control over your store.

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Supporting Solidus

As a community-driven project, Solidus relies on funds and time donated by developers and stakeholders who use Solidus for their businesses. If you'd like to help Solidus keep growing, please consider:

Main Contributor & Director

At present, Nebulab is the main code contributor and director of Solidus, providing technical guidance and coordinating community efforts and activities.



Support this project by becoming a Solidus Ambassador. Your logo will show up here with a link to your website. Become an Ambassador.

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Solidus is a complete open source ecommerce solution built with Ruby on Rails. It is a fork of Spree.

See the Solidus class documentation and the Solidus Guides for information about the functionality that Solidus provides.

Solidus consists of several gems. When you require the

gem in your
, Bundler will install all of the gems maintained in this repository:

All of the gems are designed to work together to provide a fully functional ecommerce platform. However, you may only want to use the

gem combine it with your own custom frontend, admin interface, and API.


You can try the live Solidus demo here. The admin section can be accessed here.

You can also try out Solidus with one-click on Heroku:


Additionally, you can use Docker to run a demo on your local machine. Run the following command to download the image and run it at http://localhost:3000.

docker run --rm -it -p 3000:3000 solidusio/solidus-demo:latest

The admin interface can be accessed at http://localhost:3000/admin/, the default credentials are

[email protected]

Getting started

Begin by making sure you have Imagemagick installed, which is required for Paperclip. (You can install it using Homebrew if you're on a Mac.)

To add solidus, begin with a Rails 5/6 application and a database configured and created.

Installing Solidus

For Solidus v2.11 and above

Add the following to your Gemfile.

gem 'solidus'

Run the bundle command to install.

After installing gems, you'll have to run the generator to create necessary configuration files and migrations.

bin/rails g solidus:install
For Solidus v2.10 and below

Add the following to your Gemfile. Skip the solidus_auth_devise part if you want to use a custom authentication system.

gem 'solidus'
gem 'solidus_auth_devise'

Run the bundle command to install.

After installing gems, you'll have to run the generator to create necessary configuration files and migrations.

bin/rails g spree:install

Accessing Solidus Store

Start the Rails server with the command:

bin/rails s


storefront will be accessible at http://localhost:3000/ and the admin can be found at http://localhost:3000/admin/.

For information on how to customize your store, check out the customization guides.

Default Username/Password

As part of running the above installation steps, you will be asked to set an admin email/password combination. The default values are

[email protected]
, respectively.


The best way to ask questions is to join the Solidus Slack and join the #support channel.

Installation options

Instead of a stable build, if you want to use the bleeding edge version of Solidus, use this line:

gem 'solidus', github: 'solidusio/solidus'

Note: The master branch is not guaranteed to ever be in a fully functioning state. It is too risky to use this branch in production.

By default, the installation generator (

) will run migrations as well as adding seed and sample data. This can be disabled using
bin/rails g solidus:install --migrate=false --sample=false --seed=false

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

bin/rails railties:install:migrations
bin/rails db:migrate
bin/rails db:seed
bin/rails spree_sample:load

There are also options and rake tasks provided by solidus_auth_devise.


You may notice that your Solidus store runs slowly in development mode. This can be because in development each CSS and JavaScript is loaded as a separate include. This can be disabled by adding the following to

config.assets.debug = false


To gain some extra speed you may enable Turbolinks inside of Solidus admin.


gem 'turbolinks', '~> 5.0.0'
into your
(if not already present) and change
as follows:
//= require turbolinks
// ... current file content
//= require spree/backend/turbolinks-integration.js

CAUTION Please be aware that Turbolinks can break extensions and/or customizations to the Solidus admin. Use at your own risk.

Developing Solidus

  • Clone the Git repo
  git clone git://
  cd solidus
  • Install the gem dependencies

Note: If you're using PostgreSQL or MySQL, you'll need to install those gems through the DB environment variable.

  # PostgreSQL
  export DB=postgresql


export DB=mysql bin/setup


Solidus is meant to be run within the context of Rails application. You can easily create a sandbox application inside of your cloned source directory for testing purposes.

This sandbox includes solidus_auth_devise and generates with seed and sample data already loaded.

  • Create the sandbox application

You can create a sandbox with PostgreSQL or MySQL by setting the DB environment variable.

  # PostgreSQL
  export DB=postgresql


export DB=mysql bin/sandbox

If you need to create a Rails 5.2 application for your sandbox, for example if you are still using Ruby 2.4 which is not supported by Rails 6, you can use the

environment variable.
    export RAILS_VERSION='~> 5.2.0'
  • Start the server (
    will forward any argument to the sandbox)
  bin/rails server


Solidus uses RSpec for tests. Refer to its documentation for more information about the testing library.


We use CircleCI to run the tests for Solidus as well as all incoming pull requests. All pull requests must pass to be merged.

You can see the build statuses at

Run all tests

ChromeDriver is required to run the frontend and backend test suites.

To execute all of the test specs, run the

script at the root of the Solidus project:
createuser --superuser --echo postgres # only the first time


script runs using PostgreSQL by default, but it can be overridden by setting the DB environment variable to
. For example:
env DB=mysql bin/build

If the command fails with MySQL related errors you can try creating a user with this command:

# Creates a user with the same name as the current user and no restrictions.
mysql --user="root" --execute="CREATE USER '$USER'@'localhost'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON * . * TO '$USER'@'localhost';"

Run an individual test suite

Each gem contains its own series of tests. To run the tests for the core project:

cd core
bundle exec rspec

By default,

runs the tests for SQLite 3. If you would like to run specs against another database you may specify the database in the command:
env DB=postgresql bundle exec rspec

Code coverage reports

If you want to run the SimpleCov code coverage report:

COVERAGE=true bundle exec rspec


In addition to core functionality provided in Solidus, there are a number of ways to add features to your store that are not (or not yet) part of the core project.

A list can be found at

If you want to write an extension for Solidus, you can use the solidusdevsupport gem.


Solidus is an open source project and we encourage contributions. Please read before contributing.

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