Travis Deployment to

After working on it rather un-seriously for a number of months, I decided to finally learn how to publish a ruby gem today. You can thank my workmate, Craig for this.

And since I am lazy, I also made sure to have Travis CI do it automatically for any releases I tag on Github. Here is the result:

We have a success folks! So I thought I'd document the process to help others trying to do something similar.

How to Get Your Gems Flowing to from Travis CI

Step 1 - Setup an account on

You will need an account, and, more

Step 2 - Setup your api key

This tip comes from the Make Your Own Gem guide at

To setup your RubyGems API key, do the following (and be sure to substitute your rubygems username where you see the ${USERNAME} field).

curl -u ${USERNAME} > ~/.gem/credentials; chmod 0600 ~/.gem/credentials

Step 3 - Use the Jeweler Gem

We use the jeweler gem to handle versioning and structure creation/update of the .gemspec manifest so that we don't have to do these things by hand. The jeweler gem adds tasks to rake and I found it really easy to get setup and customized for my gem.

The readme on the github pretty much had everything I needed.

The section labeled "Customizing Your Gem" is especially important since it offers a modifiable section of code you can drop in your rake files:

require 'jeweler' do |gem|
  # gem is a Gem::Specification... see for more options = "whatwhatwhat"
  gem.summary = %Q{TODO: one-line summary of your gem}
  gem.description = %Q{TODO: longer description of your gem} = ""
  gem.homepage = ""
  gem.authors = ["Joshua Nichols"]

Here is the jeweler customization for expect-behaviors.

Once jeweler is setup, we now have a rake driven flow to build the gemspec file so that you can bump a version by doing:

  • rake version:bump:patch
  • rake gemspec

You will have to decide for yourself how you feel about rake release. I plan to use Travis CI to deploy so the release part is less important to me.

Also important: it was really useful for me to build the gem locally because it turns out the gem builder really didn't like the way I wrote some of my dependencies. To do this, run gem build ${GEMSPEC_FILE}.

Step 4 - Get Travis CI up and running

I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you're already familiar with the basics of Travis CI. But in case you need help to get going, I would refer you to their docs:

You want to be up and running with tests before you move on the to next step. If it helps to see an example of how little it takes to configure Travis, you can see my .travis.yml file here. The important sections are covered on lines 1-9 for basic testing. Creating the deploy section is covered in the next step.

Step 5 - Install the Travis Gem and setup rubygems

  • gem install travis
  • travis setup rubygems

Dead simple. That's why we love Ruby.

You will be prompted for everything else. Here is what I saw:

$ travis setup rubygems 
Gem name: |expect-behaviors| 
Release only tagged commits? |yes| 
Release only from francisluong/expect-behaviors? |yes| 
Encrypt API key? |yes|

Step 6 - Travis will attempt to deploy when you draft a new release on Github.

But make sure to bump the revision in the commit too.

Here's what I think my flow will be:

  • As part of my branch/pull-request, I will include a rake version:bump:patch (or :major or :minor as appropriate)
$ rake version:bump:patch  
Current version: 0.1.2  
Updated version: 0.1.3