RAKE – Ruby Make

This package contains Rake, a simple ruby build program with capabilities similar to make.

Rake has the following features:


Gem Installation

Download and install rake with the following.

gem install rake

Normal Installation

You can download the source tarball of the latest version of Rake from

Extract the tarball and run

% ruby install.rb

from its distribution directory.


Simple Example

First, you must write a “Rakefile” file which contains the build rules. Here's a simple example:

task :default => [:test]

task :test do
  ruby "test/unittest.rb"

This Rakefile has two tasks:

Running the “rake” command without any options will cause it to run the “default” task in the Rakefile:

% ls
Rakefile     test/
% rake
(in /home/some_user/Projects/rake)
ruby test/unittest.rb
....unit test output here...

Type “rake –help” for all available options.

More Information


Source Repository

Rake is currently hosted at github. The github web page is github.com/jimweirich/rake. The public git clone URL is

Running the Rake Test Suite

If you wish to run the unit and functional tests that come with Rake:

Issues and Bug Reports

Feature requests and bug reports can be made here

Issues and bug reports can also be tracked here:

Online Resources

Rake References

Presentations and Articles about Rake

Other Make Reinvisionings …

Rake is a late entry in the make replacement field. Here are links to other projects with similar (and not so similar) goals.


Ryan Dlugosz

For the initial conversation that sparked Rake.


For the initial patch for rule support.

Tilman Sauerbeck <tilman@code-monkey.de>

For the recursive rule patch.

Eric Hodel

For aid in maintaining rake.


Rake is available under an MIT-style license.

:include: MIT-LICENSE


The Rake homepage is rake.rubyforge.org. You can find the Rake RubyForge page at rubyforge.org/projects/rake.

Feel free to submit commits or feature requests. If you send a patch, remember to update the corresponding unit tests. In fact, I prefer new feature to be submitted in the form of new unit tests.

For other information, feel free to ask on the ruby-talk mailing list (which is mirrored to comp.lang.ruby) or contact jim dot weirich at gmail.com.

Other stuff


Jim Weirich <jim.weirich@gmail.com>


Ruby 1.8.6 or later


Copyright 2003-2011 by Jim Weirich. Released under an MIT-style license. See the MIT-LICENSE file included in the distribution.


This software is provided “as is” and without any express or implied warranties, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantibility and fitness for a particular purpose.