Vinbot generates decodable vins for you to use in your applications. Vinbot will also give you a vehicle object that contains the decoded information. Vinbot is an API around the vin_bank database (


Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:


gem ‘vinbot’


gem ‘vinbot’, :platform => :jruby

And then execute:

$ bundle install

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install vinbot


There are two ways to use vinbot:

  1. Get a random, decodable vin
  2. Get a vehicle object that contains the vin and all decoded information for the vehicle.
Get a random vin

Vinbot::Vin.generate => “WBADT43443G749665”

Get a decoded vehicle object => #<Vinbot::Vehicle:0x007fc06bd34068 @body_type=”4Dr SUV”, @drivetrain=”FWD”, @engine_type=”3.6L 6 Cylinder”, @exterior_colors=[“Silver”], @interior_colors=[“Off-white”], @make=”GMC”, @model=”Acadia”, @transmission=”Automatic”, @trim=”SLE 4dr SUV “, @vehicle_type=”SUV”, @vin=”1GKKRNED9CJ550307″, @year=2012>


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release to create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


  1. Fork it ([my-github-username]/vinbot/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request

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