Handy RVM Commands

July 12, 2014


I’m learning Ruby! Its fun and today I was exploring RVM. RVM is somewhat like NuGet but for Ruby.


RVM needs to be installed, and you can do so using

\curl -ssl https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby

There is a backslash before the curl command this prevents any issues if you may have aliased it with configuration in your ~/.curlrc file.

This command will install both RVM and Ruby, so with this one command your machine will have both Ruby and RVM ready for use.

Great now that you have RVM lets perform some tasks

Want another version of Ruby on your machine?

$ rvm install 2.0.0

What versions of Ruby do you have?

$ rvm list

This will return a list similar to

$ rvm rubies

   ruby-2.0.0-p195 [ x86_64 ]
=* ruby-2.0.0-p481 [ x86_64 ]
   ruby-2.1.0 [ x86_64 ]

# => - current
# =* - current && default
#  * - default

What different versions of Ruby are there in the whole wide world?

$ rvm list known

Here is a small list of what was available for me to download

 MRI Rubies
[ruby-]1.8.7[-head] # security released on head
[ruby-]1.9.2[-head] # security released on head

How do I change the version of Ruby I am currently using? Let’s say you are using 2.0.0-p195 and want to use 2.1.0.

$ rvm use ruby-2.1.0

RVM is updated frequently, to get the latest version run

$ rvm get stable


Gemsets are self-contained collections of gems, this means you can have many of the same gems at different versions and this won’t clash.

To create a gemset just type

$ rvm gemset create some_name

To use this all you need to do is

$ rvm gemset use some_name

What gemsets are available on my machine?

rvm gemset list

Then you can go mad and install your gems! Whats is awesome is that you don’t need to worry about clashes.


I am writing this down because I will forget all this information and need a reference. I am hoping this will help someone someday even if that someone is me!

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My name is Deon Heyns and I am a developer learning things and documenting them in realtime. Python, Ruby, Scala, .NET, and Groovy are all languages I have written code in. I appeared in the New York Post once. I host my code up at GitHub and Bitbucket so have a look at my code, fork it and send those pull requests.

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