Getting started guide
RubyMine is an integrated development environment (IDE) that helps you be more productive in every aspect of Ruby/Rails projects development - from writing and debugging code to testing and deploying a completed application. RubyMine is available for different platforms including macOS, Windows, and Linux.
Download and install Git.
Download and install the Ruby distribution for your platform.
Install and set up RubyMine.
We'll perform all steps using RubyMine installed on macOS.
Open a project
First of all, we need to clone the repository containing the sample application:
Run RubyMine, click Check out from Version Control on the Welcome Screen and select Git.
In the Clone Repository dialog, insert the following address to the URL field and click the Clone button: https://bitbucket.org/rubyminedoc/sample_rails_app.git.
RubyMine will show a progress bar indicating a cloning process.
After cloning the repository, you will be prompted to open the directory containing the project. Click Yes.
RubyMine opens the directory and starts the indexing process. You can see the progress in the Status Bar.
RubyMine indexes your project to analyze its sources and collect the information on available files, class and function definitions, etc. This is required for code insight features code completion and navigation.
Select Ruby interpreter and install dependencies
After you’ve opened the project, it is necessary to select the required Ruby interpreter and install the dependencies specified in the project's Gemfile:
Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the Settings/Preferences dialog, go to the Languages & Frameworks | Ruby SDK and Gems page and choose the required interpreter.
Now, let’s install the gems specified in the Gemfile. RubyMine allows you to use Bundler to manage gems. To install Bundler, press Ctrl twice and enter the following command:
gem install bundler.
Press Enter and wait until the Bundler gem is installed.
Now you can use Bundler commands within RubyMine. To install gems, press Ctrl twice again and start typing bundle install. Then, select the
bundle installcommand from the list and press Enter.
In the Bundle Install dialog, click Install.
Wait until RubyMine installs all gems.
Now we can try some features in the editor.
Navigate through a project
RubyMine provides rich navigation capabilities to explore projects of any sizes. You can navigate between files, go to declarations, search entities of any types, etc.
The Project view on the left side of the IDE displays the project structure. You can use it to open any file in your project, create new files, and so on.
Go to declaration
Go to declaration allows you to navigate to the declaration of a symbol from any symbol usage. To see this capability in action, press Ctrl+Shift+N, start typing users_controller, select the users_controller.rb file and click Enter.
In the opened app/controllers/users_controller.rb file, place the caret next to the User class and press Ctrl+B.
You'll jump to the class declaration in the user.rb file.
Note that you can jump not only to project entities but to definitions within external libraries (which are gems in our case). For instance, keeping Ctrl (⌘ for macOS) pressed, hover your mouse pointer over the has_many method. When the method turns into a hyperlink, click it without releasing the key.
RubyMine will open the method definition within the ActiveRecord Rails module.
Let’s demonstrate the Find usages feature. In the app/controllers/users_controller.rb file, scroll down to the edit action, place the caret next to it and press Alt+F7. In the Find window, you can explore the places where this action is used.
Navigate between Rails entities
When working on a specific Rails entity, like a controller, you can navigate to the related test, view, model, and helper. Place the caret next to edit method, press Ctrl+Alt+Home, select View and press Enter. RubyMine will open the edit.html.erb file containing the corresponding view.
You can use the same shortcut within a view and use the icon in the editor gutter to quickly go to the corresponding action.
The next RubyMine feature allows you to search for files, classes, symbols, or options and jump to the entity you need.
Let’s try to find the destroy action within UsersController. Press Shift twice and start typing destroy. The dropdown lists destroy for all controllers within the Symbols group. Select the destroy action from UsersController and press Enter.
The users_controller.rb file will be opened and the caret will be placed on the definition of the destroy action.
RubyMine provides multiple code editing features available in the editor that allow you to speed up development process. These include code completion, refactorings, code inspections, and so on.
RubyMine can help you complete the names of classes, methods, keywords, and so on. When you invoke code completion, RubyMine analyses the context and suggests the choices applicable to the current caret position.
For instance, open the users_controller.rb file and go to the index method declared in the UsersController class. Type the following code inside the method...
... and then type dot. Because the User class is inherited from the ApplicationRecord module, the editor will display all inherited members.
After that, start typing where to filter the list and find the corresponding member from the Querying module, and press Enter.
Intentions help you to quickly apply various code changes: convert statements for better code style, add strings to locale dictionaries, use language injections, and so on.
To see intentions in action, open the user.rb file and scroll down to the User.digest method, which uses a multiline ternary operator (?:). According to the Ruby Style Guide, it is preferable to replace such operator with the if/then/else/end block. To do this, place the caret at this ternary expression (for instance, next to ActiveModel) and press Alt+Enter. Press Enter to convert a ternary operator to the if/then/else/end block.
Note that you can check your code and detect possible issues using inspections.
Refactoring is the process of modifying source code in order to make it easier to maintain and extend, but without changing its behavior. Let’s look at some refactoring features available in RubyMine.
Rename refactorings allow you to rename classes, methods, files, variables, and parameters with all the references to them in the code corrected accordingly. Open the users.rb file and scroll down to the downcase_email method raised in the before_save ActiveRecord callback. Place the caret next to this method and press Ctrl+Shift+I to see its definition.
Click Esc and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T. Select Rename... in the invoked popup, which suggests various refactorings.
In the Rename dialog, specify a new method name (lowercase_email in our case) and click Refactor.
The Refactor Preview window will display all references to the renamed method.
Click Do Refactor to rename the method in all places.
The Extract Variable refactoring puts the result of the selected expression into a variable. It declares a new variable and uses the expression as an initializer. The original expression is replaced with the new variable.
Open the micropost.rb file and go to the picture_size method. In this method, the
picture.size expression is found twice and can be replaced with a variable.
Place the caret at the
picture.size expression and press Ctrl+Alt+V. Select this expression in the invoked popup and press Enter. Then, select Replace all 2 occurrences and press Enter again. Finally, specify the variable name and press Enter to finish extracting.
RubyMine allows you to reformat source code to meet the requirements of your code style.
Let's reformat the code of the micropost.rb file. Open this file and press Ctrl+Alt+L.
RubyMine will reformat the entire file and display a number of changed lines.
In this part, we’ll perform static code analysis and detect problems.
RubyMine supports multiple inspection types and, moreover, allows displaying RuboCop offenses inside the IDE. The RuboCop inspection is enabled in RubyMine by default and requires the RuboCop gem to be installed in the project’s SDK. If this gem not installed, RubyMine will suggest doing this.
Let’s open the Gemfile containing a list of gems used by the application. Hover the mouse pointer over the warning displayed for the bcrypt gem.
RubyMine will display a Rubocop message that notifies you about necessity to order gems in the alphabetical order (see OrderedGems).
Place the caret next to the bcrypt gem and press Alt+Enter. The editor will suggest you fixing all issues related to incorrect gems ordering. Press Enter to do this.
You can also check the entire project and display all warnings in a single report. To do this, selectin the main menu. In the invoked dialog, you can specify the desired inspection scope.
Leave the Whole project option and click OK. The inspection results window will show warnings for a whole project.
You can navigate through this report and fix or suppress specific warnings.
RubyMine enables you to use different testing frameworks such as Test::Unit, RSpec or Cucumber.
Run all tests
Our project contains Test::Unit tests in the Tests folder. To run all tests, press Ctrl twice and start typing test. In the invoked popup, select the automatically created test: sample_rails_app run configuration and press Enter.
RubyMine will run and display test results in the Run tool window.
Run specific tests
Now let’s see how to run a specific test. Open the users_controller_test.rb file, scroll down to the should redirect index when not logged in test and click the Run button on the left gutter next to this test.
In the invoked menu, select Run ‘test_should_redirect...’. RubyMine will display the result for this test.
Rerun failed tests
Now let’s go back to users_controller_test.rb and break two tests. For the should redirect index when not logged in and should get new tests comment the
get users_path and
get_sighup_path lines. To do this, select these lines and use the Ctrl+/ shortcut.
Press Ctrl twice and run all tests again. You can see now that these tests failed.
Let’s fix these tests in the currently opened users_controller_test.rb file by uncommenting the
get users_path and
get_sighup_path lines (Ctrl+/). We can now rerun only these failed tests using the button.
Now we are ready to run our application.
Run an application
Before running our Rails application, we need to migrate the database. To do this in RubyMine, press Ctrl twice and type db:migrate. Select
rake db:migrate in the dropdown and press Enter.
Leave the default settings in the invoked Execute ‘db:migrate’ dialog and click OK.
This creates the development.sqlite3 database in the db folder.
Now we can run our application. Press Ctrl twice and start typing development. Select the Development: sample_rails_app configuration from the list and press Enter.
RubyMine will show the process of preparing the application to run.
0.0.0.0:3000 address used by a web server, insert it to the browser’s address bar and press Enter to see our working application.
Debug an application
One of the key features of RubyMine is debugging support. The debugger provides various ways to examine the state of a running application. You can step through your code and check variable values, set watches on variables to see when values change, and so on.
Set a breakpoint and start debugging
First, open the users_controller.rb file. Set a breakpoint within the create method next to the line where a new user is created.
To start debugging, press Ctrl twice and start typing sample_rails_app. Select the Development: sample_rails_app configuration from the list, hold down the Shift key (the dialog title will be changed to Debug), and press Enter.
After installing the gems, the Debug tool window will show the application output.
Open a browser on the local machine and specify the application address (
Click the Sign up now! button. On the Sign up page, enter your credentials and click Create my account.
The program will stop when it reaches the breakpoint.
You can now examine the application state and the values of variables.
The Frames pane displays the application threads and the corresponding call stacks. In our case, the create method is called in Thread 25. The Variables pane allows you to examine variables available in the current context.
Let’s add the user_params variable to the list. Click the button in the Variables pane and start typing user_params. Select the user_params variable in the invoked drop-down and press Enter.
Then, click the button next to this variable and then expand the @parameters variables in the same way. You can see the user credentials specified in the Sign up form.
Once the breakpoint is hit, we can step through the code.
Step over proceeds to the next line in the current scope (for example, goes to the next line), without descending into any method calls on the way.
On the screen below, you can see that the User object is not created yet and the @user variable not initialized (equals nil).
Press F8 or click the button in the Debug window toolbar. The debugger will go to the next line - the if statement. In the editor and Variables pane, you can see that the @user variable was initialized.
Use the button to examine @user properties.
Step into will cause the debugger to descend into any method calls on the current line. If there are multiple method calls, they'll be visited in the order they are executed; if there are no method calls, step into acts as step over.
Click the button to resume program execution. Go to the browser again and create another user in the Sign up form. The script will stop when it reaches the line where a user is created.
Press F7 or click the button. The program execution will jump to the user_params method, which is called inside the User.new method call as a parameter.
If you press F7 another time, the debugger will jump to the params method in the StrongParameters module.
Debug in console
The debugger has the Console tab that enables you to interact with a debugged application with an IRB-like console.
Start typing user_params in the console, select the corresponding variable and press Enter.
The Console window will display the values of variables.