How To Install Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Ruby on Rails (RoR) is a framework written in the Ruby programming language that allows you to use Ruby in combination with HTML, CSS, and similar programming languages. It is used by many developers since it makes application development very simple.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install gcc g++ make

Step 2. Installing RVM (Ruby Version Manager)

Now import GPG keys of the RVM using the GPG command below:

gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3 \

Next, download the RVM installer script and install the RVM:

curl -sSL | bash -s stable --ruby

Once installation is completed, load the RVM to the system using the following command:

source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm

After that, update the RVM to the latest stable version and add the root user to the rvm group:

rvm get stable --autolibs=enable
usermod -a -G rvm root

Then, check the rvm version:

rvm version

Step 3. Installing Ruby.

Now we install Ruby using the rvm command:

rvm install ruby-2.7.1

You can check out your Ruby version using the following command:

ruby --version

Step 4. Installing Node.js and Yarn.

Now add the Nodejs Nodes source repository:

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -

Then, add the GPG key and repository of the Yarn package manager:

curl -sL | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list

After that, update all available repositories on your system and run the following command to install the Node.js and Yarn:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install yarn nodejs

Once installation is completed, check the Node.js and Yarn version using the following command:

$ node --version
$ yarn --version

Step 5. Installing Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 20.04.

Install Ruby on Rails using the gem command:

gem install rails

When the installation is finished, check the Ruby on Rails version:

rails --version

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Ruby on Rails. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Ruby on Rails in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Ruby on Rails website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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