Created: 2008-08-18 15:59
Updated: 2019-02-05 12:27
License: mit


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Stickler is a tool to organize and maintain an internal gem repository. Primarily, you would want to use Stickler if:

  1. You have proprietary gems that you want to have available via a gem server so you may gem install them.
  2. You would like to have a local mirror of third party gems from either or some other gem server.
  3. You want both (1) and (2) in the same server.


Installing stickler may be done via the standard gem installation

gem install stickler

Or downloaded from


Stickler is broken up into a few commandline programs.

  • stickler - Used to mainpulate gems that are in a stickler-server.
  • stickler-server - The server process that manages gems.
  • stickler-passenger-config - A helper process to generate Passenger configurations for

The easiest way to get up and running with stickler is to run the standalone server stickler-server and then use stickler to interact with it.

Start up a standalone stickler server

% mkdir -p /tmp/stickler-test
% stickler-server start --daemonize /tmp/stickler-test

Set some sane defaults

% stickler config --add --server http://localhost:6789 --upstream
  server : http://localhost:6789
upstream :

% cat ~/.gem/stickler
:server: http://localhost:6789

Take a few gems and push them to the server

% ls -1

% stickler push *.gem
Pushing gem(s) to http://localhost:6789/ ...
  /Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/heel-2.0.0.gem     -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/heel-2.0.0.gem
  /Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/hitimes-1.1.1.gem  -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/hitimes-1.1.1.gem
  /Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/launchy-0.3.5.gem  -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/launchy-0.3.5.gem
  /Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/stickler-2.0.0.gem -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/stickler-2.0.0.gem

Mirror a gem from upstream

% stickler mirror --gem-version 1.4.3 logging
Asking http://localhost:6789/ to mirror logging-1.4.3 from : OK -> http://localhost:6789/gems/logging-1.4.3.gem
% stickler mirror --gem-version 1.16.2 trollop
Asking http://localhost:6789/ to mirror trollop-1.16.2 from : OK -> http://localhost:6789/gems/trollop-1.16.2.gem

Look at all the gems installed in your stickler server

Open your browser to http://localhost:6789

% launchy http://localhost:6789

Install a gem from your new stickler gem server

% gem install hitimes --source http://localhost:6789/

Configure your servers to globally use your internal stickler gem server

% cat /etc/gemrc
:benchmark: false
:verbose: false
:update_sources: true
:bulk_threshold: 1000
:backtrace: false
gem: --no-rdoc --no-ri

See Also

The man pages that ship with the gem. They may be viewed if you also install the gem-man gem.

% gem install gem-man
% gem man stickler
View which manual?
 1. stickler-passenger-config(1)
 2. stickler-server(1)
 3. stickler(1)


If you want to do development on stickler, please see



Copyright (C) 2015 Jeremy Hinegardner MIT License, See LICENSE for details.

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