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Installation Prerequisites

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Installation Prerequisites

This guide covers getting your system ready for Refinery. Afterwards you will have:

  • A working version of Ruby
  • ImageMagick installed
  • Either the SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL database configured

Checklist

If you are already a Rails developer, you will most likely not have to install anything else. Here's the requirements for Refinery:

  • Ruby - 2.2.2+, Rubinius, and JRuby are all acceptable
  • RubyGems - Recommended that you have the latest version installed
  • Database - SQLite3 (default), MySQL, or PostgreSQL
  • ImageMagick - Recommended that you have the latest version installed

If you have all of these things, great! Proceed on to the Getting Started with Refinery guide.

Otherwise, choose your operating system below.

Ubuntu

Ruby

TIP: The best way to install Ruby is using rbenv

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$ sudo apt-get install ruby

RubyGems

TIP: If you used rbenv above then this step will not be necessary.

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$ sudo apt-get install rubygems

Database

For SQLite:

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$ sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev

For MySQL:

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$ sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev

ImageMagick

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$ sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Mac OS X

Ruby

TIP: The best way to install Ruby is using rbenv

Rubygems

TIP: If you used rbenv above then this step will not be necessary.

Rubygems also comes installed by default, however, it could be an old version which will cause problems. Update using:

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$ gem update --system

Also, in the past, we face to a RDoc bug, you should update it as well:

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$ gem install rdoc

Database

SQLite is most likely already installed.

ImageMagick

Use this shell script: https://github.com/maddox/magick-installer. Or, if you have Homebrew installed, you can use:

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$ brew install imagemagick

Windows

Ruby and Rubygems

http://www.railsinstaller.org/ provides a great installer to get you up and running in no time. Just download the kit and follow through the installer.

Database

If you used Rails Installer, then SQLite will have been installed by default. For MySQL, follow the instructions at the MySQL website: http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

ImageMagick

WARNING: ImageMagick is tricky to install on Windows. Make sure to read the instructions carefully, and if one version does not work for you try an older version as well.

Follow the instructions at http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows

Ready to Install!

Easier than expected right? Now you're ready to start building great websites with Refinery! Proceed on to the Getting Started with Refinery guide.