In combination with the rest of the RubyInstaller team, I’m very
pleased to announce the release of RubyInstaller packages for Ruby
This new version of Ruby also brings new changes to RubyInstaller.
Starting with 2.0.0, the packages will be provided in two versions:
32bits (x86) and 64bits (x64).
This is possible thanks to newer compiler provided by mingw-w64 project.
Over the past months our Continous Integration worker has been compiling
running tests against GCC 4.7.2, ensuring this version satisfy the
requirements of Ruby.
This also means newer DevKit package is required to use with this
As usual, installer and 7z packages are available at RubyInstaller
website and RubyForge for download:
For verification, MD5 signatures of each file released are provided:
Installer is also digitally signed to avoid alterations and UAC
You can read Ruby’s own announcement here:
= What’s new in Ruby, for Windows users?
Ruby’s announcement was generic in relation to all the new features
However, it missed enhancements specific to our platform of choice.
- Faster startup due improved Windows-specific API. [Bug #6836]
- Support ANSI-colors out of the box without the need of external
or gems. [Feature #6418]
- Fixes for native 64bits builds for Windows under MinGW
= What’s new in RubyInstaller?
Beyond what is covered by Ruby itself, we have our own set of
- Upgraded Ruby 2.0.0 to patchlevel 0
- Upgraded OpenSSL to version 1.0.0k
- Upgraded rb-readline to 0.5.0.pre.1 (compatible with Ruby 2.0)
- Generate documentation for target version of Ruby
= Important Notes
- Ruby 2.0.0-p0 is brand new
While officially 2.0.0 is stable, that doesn’t mean all the software
magically work on it.
Use 2.0.0 for development and verify your application, scripts and tools
properly before deciding to run this in your production environment.
- Existing pre-compiled gems are not Ruby 2.0 compatible
Ruby 2.0 introduces ABI breakage which means compiled C extensions with
1.9.3 will work with Ruby 2.0.
DO NOT install Ruby 2.0 on top of existing Ruby 1.9.3, or try to use
extensions with it.
You will be required to force compilation of those gems:
gem install <name> --platform=ruby
This will require you have the extra dependencies required for that gem
compile. Look at the gem documentation for the requirements.
- Do not use other DevKit version than the one recommended
This version of Ruby has been compiled and optimized for mingw-w64 GCC
Use of older version of DevKit package to compile gems might result in
compilation issues during gem installation or simply segfaults.
Look for the DevKit installers identified with the name
‘DevKit-mingw64-64’ for 32 and 64 bits respectively.
= Alternate download links
Sometimes RubyForge might have issues when trying to download the above
Please try adding “/noredirect” to the file download URLs so skip the
RubyForge’s mirror functionality.
If that still doesn’t work, try using RubyInstaller CDN directly by
above filenames combined with the archive folder:
Same applies to DevKit URLs: