Spree Commerce

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Spree Commerce
Spree Commerce.png
Original author(s)Sean Schofield
Developer(s)Spree Commerce, Inc., Spark Solutions
Initial release2007 (2007)
Stable release
4.3 / September 13, 2021
Written inRuby
PlatformRuby on Rails
TypeWebshop, shopping cart
LicenseNew BSD License

Spree Commerce is an open-source headless e-commerce platform for global brands.

It was created by Sean Schofield in 2007 and has since had over 785 contributors[1] and over 1 million downloads from RubyGems.[2]

Companies using Spree include Goop (company), Craftsman, Kenmore, DieHard, New England Patriots, Blue Bottle Coffee, Fortnum and Mason,[3] GoDaddy,[4] Everlane,[5] Surfdome

Popular use cases[edit]

Popular technical use cases:

  • Custom-built online store
  • Headless commerce
  • Multi-store dashboard
  • Multi-tenant platform

Popular business use cases:

  • Contextual Commerce
  • Unified Retail & Online
  • International E-Commerce
  • Multi-vendor marketplace
  • B2B or B2B2C E-Commerce
  • Subscription E-Commerce

Popular 3rd party integrations:

  • Payment processor
  • 3PL integration
  • ERP integration
  • POS integration
  • Analytics dashboard
  • Tax calculation service

Official Spree extensions[edit]

Extensions are the primary mechanism for customizing a Spree site. They allow Spree developers to share reusable code with one another. Using extensions, features which would otherwise consume quite a lot of effort and time can be easily added to a Spree website without having to build them from scratch. Extensive features like product subscription, asset management, marketing, admin reports, roles and permissions, gift cards & promotions, delivery slots, item returns, social media marketing, one-page checkout and many more are easily available on GitHub for various Spree versions.[6]

Spree Commerce multi-vendor marketplace[edit]

Spree lets you launch within a few weeks a fully-featured multi-vendor marketplace with an unlimited number of SKUs from as many vendors as you can effectively onboard. This is possible thanks to the multi-vendor marketplace extension. You may see a live demo of a multi-vendor marketplace built with Spree Commerce here.

Spree Commerece history[edit]

On July 1, 2011, Spree received $1.5 million in seed funding from AOL and True Ventures.[7] On February 25, 2014 Spree raised an additional $5M in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital. Also participating were Vegas Tech Fund (led by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh), Red Swan (led by Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn) as well as existing investors True Ventures and AOL Ventures.[8]

On September 21, 2015 it was acquired by First Data.[9] After the First Data acquisition, developers from Spark Solutions and VinSol now maintain and develop the Spree Commerce Open Source project. Vinsol also develops Spree extensions.

In 2016 an OpenCommerce Conference was held in New York to showcase the newest e-commerce projects running on Spree.[10]

In 2021 Spree changed its model from a full-stack e-commerce platform to a headless application allowing non-Ruby developers to customize and run Spree applications. JavaScript SDK also became available.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spree Commerce Community github.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Spree at Ruby Gems rubygems.com. Retrieved March 03, 2020.
  3. ^ [1] Red Badger "Building a Fortnum and Mason eCommerce store in two days"
  4. ^ [2] GoDaddy chose Spree for their e-commerce solution for small businesses
  5. ^ [3] Everlane builds an honest $100M+ fashion manufacturing business with Spree powered Ecommerce platform
  6. ^ Spree extensions github.com. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Spree Raises $1.5 Million From True Ventures, Aol For Open Source eCommerce Platform techcrunch.com. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Spree Commerce Raises $5M in Series A Funding Spree Commerce blog. Retrieved June 3rd, 2015.
  9. ^ "With Its Spree Commerce Buy, First Data Aims To Bolster Its Online Tech Foundations". digitaltransactions.net. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  10. ^ OpenCommerce Conference 2016 opencommerceconf.org. Retrieved September 19, 2017.

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