Recommended install method on OSX?

So what is the
recommended Rails install method on OSX?

surprisingly convoluted (and maybe even out of date?), given that it
usually seems like most Rails developers are on Macs. (Disclaimer: I
myself develop on Ubuntu, where the install was trivial, but I need to
assist another developer in setting up a dev environment on OSX.)
The Apple page [1] pointed to by the rails wiki suggests
Locomotive [2], which doesn’t exist anymore at that web site. Or
perhaps [3], which is pointed to by the Apple page as well? But that
page is from 2005, and has you compiling almost everything from

How about the Bitnami ruby stack [4] ? The instructions /seem/
straightforward… but…

Help? Thanks…


[1] [2] [3]

Are you finding something missing?

On Mac OS X Leopard, you start with Ruby 1.8.6 and Rails 1.2.3 (and rubygems 0.9.4) [1,2] (You could install the OS X 10.5.4 update, too)

From there, it should be as easy as (from the top of my head):

sudo gem update --system # to get many improvements to rubygems

sudo gem install rails

and start coding!


Rob Biedenharn



(under What's in the Box? / Development)


Hivelogic was the right location, but you had the wrong articles.

Rails stack installation on Mac OSX Leopard :

RMagick installation :