[ANN] Ruboto 0.8.0 released!

The Ruboto team is proud to announce the release of Ruboto 0.8.0.

Ruboto is a framework for writing full Android apps in Ruby. It includes
support libraries and generators for creating projects, classes, tests,
and more.

New in version 0.8.0:


  • Issue #153 Add ability to specify a package for generated interfaces
    and subclasses
  • Issue #195 Added :margins parameter to View
  • Issue #203 Detect if apk is installed even if it is on the sdcard.
  • Issue #204 Add Gravity constants
  • Issue #208 Make activity subclass of android.app.Activity
  • Issue #218 Start Ruboto Activity by class name
  • Issue #219 Allow some form of inline class-based definition and start
    of activity
  • Issue #220 Support for using Ruby 1.9 and Rubinius for command line
  • Issue #226 “ruboto update app” should update generated Java subclasses
  • Issue #232 Support for Android 4.1 api level 16


  • Issue #207 Make “self” in a Ruby activity usable as a Context object.
  • Issue #211 Make “self” in a Ruby service usable as a true
    android.app.Service object.
  • Issue #212 Make “self” in a Ruby broadcast receiver usable as an
    android.content.BroadcastReceiver object.
  • Issue #213 Two issues fixed: ruby 1.9 compatibility fix and gemspecs
    failed to require files.
  • Issue #214 Experiencing some failures when using multiple activities.
  • Issue #229 ruboto gen app does not work on Windows
  • Issue #230 Adding detection of mingw/mswin and using the appropriate


  • Issue #215 Open GL ES 2 and callback from subclass

You can find a complete list of issues here:


To use Ruboto, you need to install a Java JDK, the Android SDK, Apache
ANT, and a Ruby implementation. Then do (possibly as root)

gem install ruboto

To create a project do

ruboto gen app --package <your.package.name>

You can find an introductory tutorial at

If you have any problems or questions, come see us at http://ruboto.org/


The Ruboto Team