Installing Ruby on Rails on CentOS 5.8

CentOS generally enjoys having out-dated software, such as Ruby 1.8.5. I wanted to get rails running on my VPS to have a play around, which required me to update rubygems, in turn requiring an update of Ruby itself. Turns out this is more of a pain than one would usually anticipate due to a lack of updated Ruby packages that yum offers.

With the aid of a helpful post at, I managed to get it working…

First download the Ruby Version Manager (RVM) installer as follows:

sudo bash -s stable < <(curl -s )

RVM requires us to add relevant users to it’s group. Open the file like so:

sudo vim /etc/group

Edit the ‘rvm’ group (likely the last entry) to look like:


Run the install:

cd /usr/local/rvm/bin
sudo ./rvm-installer
"Upgrade of RVM in /usr/local/rvm/ is complete."

I needed to reload the RVM to continue, this might not be required:

rvm reload

Now we can actually install the Ruby version we want. This will also install rubygems which is always useful…

rvm install 1.9.3 --with-openssl-dir=/usr

Version check seems good:

ruby -v
"ruby 1.9.3p194 (2012-04-20 revision 35410) [x86_64-linux]"

We can force RVM to use 1.9.3 like so:

rvm use 1.9.3 --default

And now for rails:

gem install rails -V
rails -v
Rails 3.2.7


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