Installing ActiveRuby on Windows
You can install ActiveRuby by downloading and running the Setup Wizard (.exe). For more complex installations you can run the Setup Wizard on the command line.
Windows is the only supported platform for the beta release of ActiveRuby. macOS and Linux will be supported in future releases.
Ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements before you start the installation. The ActiveRuby 2.3.4 Beta release has the following requirements:
- Windows 64-bit (amd64); Windows 7, or later
- The installation requires at least 1 GB of hard drive space
Using the ActiveRuby Setup Wizard
There are two ways to install ActiveRuby with the Setup Wizard:
- You can run the Setup Wizard and enter the required information to install the software.
- If you want to automate the installation, you can run the Setup Wizard from the command line.
Running the ActiveRuby Setup Wizard
When you install ActiveRuby, you should run the Setup Wizard as an Administrator.
- Download and save the
- Right-click the .exe file and select Run As Administrator.
- Follow the prompts on screen to complete the installation.
Running the installation as an Administrator allows other users on the computer to use ActiveRuby, and ensures that all of ActiveRuby’s features function correctly.
Running the ActiveRuby Setup Wizard on the command line
You can install ActiveRuby from the command line. You should start the command prompt as an Administrator to ensure the the installation can complete successfully. ActiveRuby’s installer uses Windows Installer technology, which allows you to partially control the installation from the command line.
Starting the Setup Wizard
You can start the Setup Wizard from the command line, and walk through the installation steps in the user interface.
Logging the Setup Wizard output
If you want to enable logging you can add the appropriate command line switches
to specify the level of logging and the log file location. The following command
will generate a log of the install in
install.log in the current directory.
> ActiveRuby-<version>.exe /L*v ./install.log
Specifying a custom installation directory
You can also specify a custom installation directory instead of using the default.
> ActiveRuby-<version>.exe APPDIR=C:\apps\Ruby
Complete command line installation example
You can combine command line options to complete your custom installation from
the command line. For example, the following command will install just the ActiveRuby
core and documentation to
> ActiveRuby-<version>.exe /qn+ APPDIR="C:\apps\Ruby" ^ /L*v ./install.log ADDLOCAL=core
For more information about the command line installation options, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The ActiveRuby for Windows can be uninstalled using the Modify, Repair or Uninstall ActiveRuby shortcut in the ActiveState ActiveRuby 2.3.4 program group in the Windows Start menu, or you can use Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
Alternatively, you use the Setup Wizard (.exe) file to uninstall ActiveRuby on the command line and write the progress to a log file:
c:\> ActiveRuby-<version>.exe /x // /L*v ./uninstall.log