Configure a Ruby interpreter
To work with your Ruby code in RubyMine, you need to configure at least one Ruby interpreter. You can set up the interpreter for the currently opened project, or when creating a new project.
Configuration of the Ruby interpreter depends on the way you installed it:
If you installed Ruby using a package manager (apt for Ubuntu, Homebrew for macOS, and so on) or Ruby installer (for example, RubyInstaller for Windows), you need to add it manually.
If you are using Ruby installed in an isolated environment (Docker, Vagrant, WSL, and so on), RubyMine allows you to configure it as a remote interpreter.
Add a local interpreter
Add an interpreter
Open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S.
In the Ruby SDK and Gems page, click the button and select New local:
Provide a path to the Ruby executable, for example:
/usr/local/bin/ruby for Ruby installed on macOS using Homebrew.
/usr/bin/ruby for Ruby installed on Linux using apt.
C:\Ruby26-x64\bin\ruby.exe for Ruby installed on Windows using RubyInstaller.
RubyMine will display the added interpreter along with automatically detected interpreters.
To remove the interpreter from the list, select it, and click the button.
Add an interpreter with custom environment
RubyMine allows you to use your custom environment for running any Ruby command from within RubyMine. To do this, you need to provide environment variable values or a path to a configuration script when adding a local interpreter.
Open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S.
In the Ruby SDK and Gems page, click the button and select New local with custom configurator:
In the invoked dialog, provide a path to the Ruby executable as described in Add an interpreter. Then, configure the Custom configurator in one of the following ways:
Specify the environment variable values directly.
If you use a shell script to load environment variables, you need to provide an absolute path to this script.
If you use direnv to load and unload environment variables, pass a path to the directory with the .envrc file to the
direnv exec /Users/jetbrains/sample_app
If you use Shadowenv to customize your project environment, pass a path to the project directory to the
shadowenv exec --dir /Users/jetbrains/sample_app --
Click OK to add an interpreter.
Select the added interpreter and click OK in the Settings/Preferences dialog.
Select an auto-detected interpreter
Select an interpreter on the Ruby SDK and Gems page
To select the auto-detected Ruby interpreter maintained by the version manager, follow the steps below:
Invoke the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S and go to the Ruby SDK and Gems page.
Choose the required Ruby interpreter. You can also choose the gemset for the RVM and rbenv version managers.
For the selected Ruby interpreter/gemset, you can see the installed gems on the right. Learn more about Ruby gems support at Bundler.
Switch an interpreter using Run Anything
If you use RVM or rbenv to manage local Ruby SDKs, you can quickly set the required interpreter using Run Anything:
Press Ctrl twice.
In the invoked popup, start typing
rbenv shell, select the required interpreter and press Enter.
(Optional) If necessary, click the Rollback button in the popup that informs about the changed SDK.
Add a remote interpreter
Various remote development tools, such as Docker, Vagrant, or Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), allow you to use an isolated environment for developing your applications. This can be useful in multiple cases, for example, if you want to:
Develop in an isolated environment to avoid impacting your local machine configuration.
Run, debug, and test your application on the same operating system you deploy.
Develop Linux-deployed applications using the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
You can prepare the desired Ruby/Rails setup in a remote environment using Docker Compose, Vagrant box, or WSL. Then, you can add the remote Ruby interpreter in RubyMine and run, debug, and test your application in an isolated environment right from the IDE.
To configure a remote Ruby interpreter, follow these steps:
On the toolbar, click , and choose New remote:
In the Configure Remote Ruby Interpreter dialog, select the desired option (SSH, Docker Compose, and so on) and specify the required settings.
Note that when you are using a remote interpreter, RubyMine downloads gems from a remote machine to a local cache to be able to use code insight features. In this case, you may encounter a situation when new gems were installed on a remote machine outside the IDE. To update a set of gems stored in a local cache, click the Synchronize gems button in the Ruby SDK and Gems page.
(Optional) Specify mappings between files of a local and remote project. To do this, click the button. In the Edit Project Path Mappings dialog, specify the local and remote project root paths.
Note that RubyMine detects Vagrant synced folders, WSL mappings, and so on. These mappings are listed in this dialog and cannot be changed.