How to Install rbenv on Ubuntu or Debian-based System

How to Install rbenv on Ubuntu or Debian-based System

Seamlessly manage your app’s Ruby environment: A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing rbenv πŸ’»


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If you’re a Ruby developer, you know how important it is to have a version manager that allows you to switch between different versions of Ruby. rbenv is a popular version manager for Ruby that makes it easy to install, manage, and switch between different versions of Ruby on your Unix-based system. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the steps of installing rbenv on your system. πŸš€

Prerequisites πŸ”§

Before we start, ensure your system has the necessary dependencies installed. On Ubuntu or Debian, you can use the following command to install them:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install git-core curl zlib1g-dev build-essential libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libffi-dev

On other systems, you may need to use a different package manager or install the dependencies manually.

Step 1: Install rbenv πŸ’‘

The first step is to clone the rbenv repository from GitHub into your home directory:

git clone ~/.rbenv

Step 2: Configure your shell to load rbenv πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

The following commands should automatically load rbenv when you start your terminal.

  • For bash:

      echo 'eval "$(~/.rbenv/bin/rbenv init - bash)"' >> ~/.bashrc
  • For Zsh:

      echo 'eval "$(~/.rbenv/bin/rbenv init - zsh)"' >> ~/.zshrc
  • For Fish shell:

      echo 'status --is-interactive; and ~/.rbenv/bin/rbenv init - fish | source' >> ~/.config/fish/

Step 3: Reload your shell configuration πŸ€–

After you've added the lines to your shell configuration file, you need to reload your shell configuration. Run the following command to reload your shell configuration:

source ~/.bashrc


source ~/.zshrc

or for Fish shell:

source ~/.config/fish/

Step 4: Verify that rbenv is installed πŸ’»

To make sure that rbenv is installed correctly, run the following command:

rbenv --version

This should print the version of rbenv that you just installed.

Step 5: Install a Ruby version πŸ’Ž

The rbenv install command is not a part of rbenv but is provided by the ruby-build plugin.

To install ruby-build plugin, you can use the following command:

git clone "$(rbenv root)"/plugins/ruby-build

Finally, use rbenv to install a version of Ruby:

rbenv install <version>

Replace <version> with the version of Ruby that you want to install (such as 2.7.7). Once the installation is complete, you can set this version as the global default or as the default for a specific project using rbenv global or rbenv local, respectively.

Congratulations! πŸŽ‰ You now have rbenv installed on your Unix-based system, and now you can easily use it to manage your Ruby versions.