FreeRIDE 0.9.5 - The Free Ruby IDE

Version 0.9.5 of FreeRIDE has been released and is available for

For details and downloads, go to:

0.9.5 introduces the notion of projects in FreeRIDE (a big thank to
Jonathan M. for the great work). The project management plugin
allows you to:

  • group files belonging to the same development project
  • define path for the required libraries for this particular project
  • define a Ruby runtime environment and command line for this project
  • the project explorer gives you a tree view of the source directories,
    the Ruby files in it as well as the classes, modules and methods in

(see the User help file for more details)

Other improvements:

  • a new plugin that allows to comment/uncomment a block of code at
    once (use CTRL-K or CTRL-SHIFT-K). Contribution from Martin Leech.

  • new ‘Save All’ and ‘Close All’ entries in the File menu

  • many usability bug fixed (especially on Windows)

Have fun! And, as always, feedback and contributions are welcome.

=== FreeRIDE Overview ===

FreeRIDE aims to be a full-featured, first-class IDE on a par with
those available for other languages, with all the best-of-breed
features that you would expect in a high-end IDE.

Some of FreeRIDE’s features include:

  • Multi-file editing
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Auto-indenting
  • Code Folding
  • Code Templates
  • Source navigation by module, class, method, etc.
  • Integrated Ruby Documentation
  • Integrated debugging
  • Written in Ruby for easy extension

Some planned features include:

  • Full internationalization
  • High-end refactoring support
  • Remote pair programming

In its current state, FreeRIDE cannot yet be called a real IDE
although it is already being used by many Ruby developers. What
is does have is a stable infrastructure with all the working plumbing
needed for the hordes of anxious Ruby developers that want to create
plugins to extend the functionality of FreeRIDE. The FreeRIDE team
will be working on such FreeRIDE plugins that we will individually
release to incrementally improve the FreeRIDE system. Periodically we
will rollup these added plugins into new releases of FreeRIDE.

Even if you have not officially joined the FreeRIDE team you can still
create plugins for you own use, share them with others, or send them
to us and we will make them available for download from our project
wiki. We may even ask for your permission to include them in the
FreeRIDE core distribution.

Any help you can provide in testing FreeRIDE, qualifying bugs and (why
not) fixing them is really what we need most, especially on Windows
where FreeRIDE seems to be less robust than on Linux.

Curt H.
Laurent J.
Jonathan M.

As of May 2015, RubyForge has been closed and FreeRIDE is not available
from that site. Is there another site that will provide FreeRIDE, or is
there a substitute for it? I’m a Visual Basic programmer and would like
to learn Ruby.