ROR Ecommerce

Project Overview

Please create a ticket on github if you have issues. They will be addressed ASAP.

Please look at the homepage for more details.

RoR Ecommerce.

This is a Rails e-commerce platform. ROR Ecommerce is a Rails 3 application with the intent to allow developers to create an ecommerce solution easily. This solution includes an Admin for Purchase Orders, Product creation, Shipments, Fulfillment and creating Orders. There is a minimal customer facing shopping cart understanding that this will be customized. The cart allows you to track your customers' cart history and includes a double entry accounting system.

The project has Solr searching, Compass and Blueprint for CSS and uses jQuery. The gem list is quite large and the project still has a large wish list. In spite of that, it is currently the most complete Rails solution, and it will only get better.

Please use Ruby 1.9.3 and enjoy Rails 3.2.

ROR Ecommerce is designed so that if you understand Rails you will understand ROR_ecommerce. There is nothing in this project besides what you might see in a normal Rails application. If you don't like something, you are free to just change it like you would in any other Rails app.

Contributors are welcome! We will always need help with UI, documentation, and code, so feel free to pitch in. To get started, simply fork this repo, make any changes (big or small), and create a pull request.


Take a look at The Demo. The login name is with a password => test123

Getting Started

Please feel free to ask/answer questions in our Google Group.

Install RVM with Ruby 1.9.3. If you have 1.9.3 on your system you're good to go. Please refer to the RVM site for more details.

Copy the database.yml for your setup. For SQLite3, cp config/database.yml.sqlite3 config/database.yml. For MySQL, cp config/database.yml.mysql config/database.yml and update your username/password.

If you are using the mysql dmg file to install mysql you will need to edit your ~/.bash_profile and include this:

export DYLDLIBRARYPATH=/usr/local/mysql/lib:$DYLDLIBRARYPATH

Run rake secret and copy/paste the output as encryption_key in config/config.yml.

gem install bundler
bundle install
rake db:create:all
rake db:migrate db:seed
rake db:test:prepare

Once everything is set up, start the server with rails server and direct your web browser to localhost:3000/admin/overviews. Write down the username/password (these are only shown once) and follow the directions.

Environmental Variables

Most users are using Amazon S3 or Heroku. Thus we have decided to have a setup easy to get your site up and running as quickly as possible in this production environment. Hence you should add the following ENV variables:

FOG_DIRECTORY     => your bucket on AWS
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID => your access key on AWS
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID => your secret key on AWS
AUTHNET_LOGIN     => if you use otherwise change config/settings.yml && config/environments/*.rb
AUTHNET_PASSWORD  => if you use otherwise change config/settings.yml && config/environments/*.rb

On linux:

export FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
export AUTHNET_LOGIN=xxxxxxxxxxx
export AUTHNET_PASSWORD=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

On Heroku:

heroku config:add FOG_DIRECTORY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
heroku config:add AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
heroku config:add AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
heroku config:add AUTHNET_LOGIN=xxxxxxxxxxx
heroku config:add AUTHNET_PASSWORD=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

heroku labs:enable user-env-compile -a myapp

This is needed for using sendgrid on heroku(config/initializers/mail.rb):

heroku config:add SENDGRID_USERNAME=xxxxxxxxxxx
heroku config:add SENDGRID_PASSWORD=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Quick Evaluation

If you just want to see what ror_ecommerce looks like, before you enter any products into the database, run the following command:

rake db:seed_fake

You should now have a minimal dataset, and be able to see a demo of the various parts of the app. Note: make sure you have config/settings.yml set up correctly before you try to checkout. Also, please take a look at The 15 minute e-commerce video.

ImageMagick and rMagick on OS X 10.8

If installing rMagick on OS X 10.8 and using Homebrew to install ImageMagick, you will need to symlink across some files or rMagick will not be able to build.

Do the following in the case of a Homebrew installed ImageMagick(and homebrew had issues):

* cd /usr/local/Cellar/imagemagick/6.8.0-10/lib
* ln -s libMagick++-Q16.7.dylib   libMagick++.dylib
* ln -s libMagickCore-Q16.7.dylib libMagickCore.dylib
* ln -s libMagickWand-Q16.7.dylib libMagickWand.dylib


If you would like to read the docs, you can generate them with the following command:

yardoc --no-private --protected app/models/*.rb

Payment Gateways

First, create config/settings.yml and change the encryption key and paypal/ information. You can also change config/settings.yml.example to config/settings.yml until you get your real info.

To change from authlogic to any other gateway go to


Paperclip will throw errors if not configured correctly. You will need to find out where Imagemagick is installed. Type: which identify in the terminal and set

ruby Paperclip.options[:command_path]

equal to that path in config/paperclip.rb.



ruby Paperclip.options[:command_path] = "/usr/local/bin"


ruby Paperclip.options[:command_path] = "/usr/bin"

Adding Dalli For Cache and the Session Store

While optional, for a speedy site, using memcached is a good idea.

Install memcached. If you're on a Mac, the easiest way to install Memcached is to use homebrew:

brew install memcached

memcached -vv

To Turn On the Dalli Cookie Store

Remove the cookie store on line one of config/initializers/session_store.rb. In your Gemfile add:

ruby gem 'dalli'


bundle install

Finally uncomment the next two lines in config/initializers/session_store.rb

ruby require 'action_dispatch/middleware/session/dalli_store' Hadean::Application.config.session_store :dalli_store, :key => '_hadean_session_ugrdr6765745ce4vy'

To Turn On the Dalli Cache Store

It is also recommended to change the cache store in config/environments/*.rb

ruby config.cache_store = :dalli_store

Adding Solr Search

brew install solr

Uncomment the following in your gemfile:


gem 'sunspot_solr'

gem 'sunspot_rails', '~> 1.3'



bundle install

Start Solr before starting your server:

rake sunspot:solr:start

Go to the bottom of product.rb and uncomment:

ruby Product.class_eval

Take a look at setting up Solr - Solr in 5 minutes

If you get the error, Errno::ECONNREFUSED (Connection refused - connect(2)): when you try to create a product or upload an image, you have not started Solr search. You need to run rake sunspot:solr:start, or remove Solr completely.



RoR Ecommerce was created by David Henner. Contributors.


Shipping categories are categories based off price:

you might have two shipping categories (light items) & (heavy items)

Have fun!!!