Complete Ubuntu install for a Ruby on Rails developer (utils, rails, ff addons)

This is a guide on creating a full-featured Ubuntu dev box for RoR. It assumes that you have already installed the latest version of Ubuntu.


sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install openssh-server
sudo apt-get install vim-full
sudo apt-get install unace rar unrar zip unzip
sudo apt-get install vlc mplayer
sudo apt-get install w32codecs

To install other restricted software:

  • Click Applications>Add/Remove.  A new window will appear (see below)
  • Change the “Show:” drop menu in the upper right corner to “All Available Applications”
  • Search for the word “restricted”

– install latest firefox –

Java, Flash

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-bin
sudo apt-get install  gsfonts gsfonts-x11 flashplugin-nonfree

Web servers

sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin mysql-server

Firefox addons


Web Developer
Firebug – A MustHave

search status

Server Info


– a bookmarking plugin (delicious, smartfox, foxmarks, etc)

RAILS Install

sudo apt-get install ruby rdoc ri irb ruby1.8-dev
sudo apt-get install git-core
sudo apt-get install libruby libmysql-ruby
sudo apt-get install libopenssl-ruby

– Download and compile the latest RubyGems

sudo gem install rails
sudo gem install rcov ruby-debug
sudo gem install capistrano-ext



– Full IDEs: RadRails, RubyMine, 3rd Rail, or Netbeans for Ruby.

Startup Rails App

You may want to check a previous article about this matter.

Done.. 🙂

rails myapp

and .. fasten your seat belt Dorothy, ’cause Kansas is going bye-bye 😉

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