Environment Variables Defined by the Ruby Buildpack

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Pivotal Web Services (PWS) provides configuration information to applications through environment variables. This topic describes the additional environment variables provided by the Ruby buildpack.

For more information about the standard environment variables provided by Pivotal Web Services (PWS), see the Cloud Foundry Environment Variables topic.

Ruby Buildpack Environment Variables

The following table describes the environment variables provided by the Ruby buildpack.

Environment Variable Description
BUNDLE_BIN_PATH The directory where Bundler installs binaries. Example: BUNDLE_BIN_PATH:/home/vcap/app/vendor/bundle/ruby/1.9.1/gems/bundler-1.3.2/bin/bundle
BUNDLE_GEMFILE The path to the Gemfile for the app. Example: BUNDLE_GEMFILE:/home/vcap/app/Gemfile
BUNDLE_WITHOUT Instructs Cloud Foundry to skip gem installation in excluded groups. Use this with Rails applications, where “assets” and “development” gem groups typically contain gems that are not needed when the app runs in production. Example: BUNDLE_WITHOUT=assets
DATABASE_URL Cloud Foundry examines the database_uri for bound services to see if they match known database types. If known relational database services are bound to the app, then the DATABASE_URL environment variable is set to the first services in the list.

If your application requires that DATABASE_URL is set to the connection string for your service, and Cloud Foundry does not set it, use the Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI) cf set-env command to set this variable manually. Example:
$ cf set-env my_app_name DATABASE_URL mysql://example-database-connection-string
GEM_HOME The directory where gems are installed. Example: GEM_HOME:/home/vcap/app/vendor/bundle/ruby/1.9.1
GEM_PATH The directory where gems can be found. Example: GEM_PATH=/home/vcap/app/vendor/bundle/ruby/1.9.1:
RACK_ENV The Rack deployment environment, which governs the middleware loaded to run the app. Valid value are development, test, and production. Example: RAILS_ENV=production
RUBYOPT Defines command-line options passed to Ruby interpreter. Example: RUBYOPT: -I/home/vcap/app/vendor/bundle/ruby/1.9.1/gems/bundler-1.3.2/lib -rbundler/setup
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