Sam Soffes

How to Install Ruby 1.9.3

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I'm a fan of living on the edge. Ruby 1.9.3 just came out today. It's apparently really stable as well!

We've been running it in all our 1.9 deployments for GC tuning + require speed fix.

David Heinemeier Hansson

Installing rbenv

Installing Ruby 1.9.3 is easy. My preferred approach is using rbenv and ruby-build by Sam Stephenson (great name, I know). rbenv makes it easy to have multiple versions of Ruby on your system (and in a much cleaner way than rvm).

If you are running Xcode 4.2, you'll need to install GCC since Xcode no longer ships with GCC (in favor of the far superior LLVM). You can download an installer here. Once you get GCC installed, you can run the following commands to get rbenv and ruby-build installed. You'll need Homebrew if you don't already have it. (I highly recommend it.)

$ brew update
$ brew install rbenv
$ brew install ruby-build

You can also use my dot files or install without Homebrew instead if you'd like.

Installing Ruby

Once you have rbenv and ruby-build installed, you can run the following command to get Ruby 1.9.3 installed.

$ rbenv install 1.9.3-p125

Easy as that! It will take a few minutes to download everything and compile. Now if you'd like to use 1.9.3 by default, you can run the following command:

$ rbenv global 1.9.3-p125

Done! Now enjoy the and improved Ruby on your system! It's greatly improved over Ruby 1.9.2 with some nice speed improvements. If you have any problems with your new setup, I'd recommend reading over the rbenv readme.