Add Rake To Any Project

Feb 22, 2016 Rake, Ruby

Rake is a really powerful tool for automating any type of task. It can come in handy even in a project that doesn't have it installed. Heck, you can even use it in a non-ruby project if you want.

01: Install Rake

While you could use system gems to get this setup, I'm going to take the approach that we want this to work consistently for multiple developers. That means we're going to wrap the gems we need up in the project.

So, first, make sure you have Bundler installed.

Next, create a Gemfile in your project's root if it doesn't already have one.

If you had to create the Gemfile, then you'll need to add a source call to the top of it.


source ''

Then we're going to add rake. (You can skip this if you already had a Gemfile that has this line.)


source ''

gem 'rake'

Then use Bundler to install the gem.

$ bundle install

This will create a .bundle directory at your project's root. If you aren't already, it's good to ignore this with git (add .bundle/ to .gitignore).

02: Configure Rake

Next, create a Rakefile in your project's root, and add this one-liner:


Dir.glob(File.join('lib/tasks/**/*.rake')).each { |file| load file }

This is telling Rake to load every .rake file it finds in the lib/tasks directory.

03: Test It

Last, let's make sure it works. Let's add a dummy task to lib/tasks/hello.rake.


task :hello do
  puts 'hello'

Now, from within your project, run the following command.

$ bundle exec rake hello

It should say "hello" to you. If it does, you've set it up correctly!

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