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title: Download & Installation
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description: Information on how to download and install webgen on Linux, Mac and Windows as well
as a list of mandatory and optional dependencies.
## Compatibility Notes
webgen should run on any platform which supports Ruby 2.0.0 or higher. It has been successfully
tested on the following platforms:
* Linux with Ruby 2.0.0 or higher
See the platform specific installation notes for more information!
Furthermore, webgen should also run on jruby 1.7.x (in Ruby 2.x compatibility mode) and rubinius but
that has not been extensively tested.
## Platform Specific Installation Instructions
### Linux
There are a variety of Linux distributions out there with different package management systems. So
we will focus on instructions for Ubuntu 14.10 here (which should also work for any recent Debian
based distribution).
After running the following commands, webgen and all the mandatory dependencies are installed:
~~~ shell
$ sudo aptitude install ruby2.0
$ gem2.0 install webgen --user-install
> Ubuntu has packages for the old 0.4.x and 0.5.x versions of webgen. If you want to use one of
> these versions (*not recommended*), you just need to run `sudo aptitude install webgen0.4` or
> `sudo aptitude install webgen0.5`.
### Windows
First you need to install Ruby 2.0.0 (or better). This can easily be done by using the Windows
[RubyInstaller] - just download the *latest* installation binary from their homepage and run it.
After that open a command shell (select `Start -> Run...`, then enter `cmd` and click on "Ok") and
type in the following:
~~~ shell
C:\> gem install webgen --user-install
### Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.10 comes with Ruby and Rubygems preinstalled, you just need to run the following in the
Terminal application:
~~~ shell
$ gem install webgen --user-install
## Generic Installation Instructions
### Using Rubygems
If you are using Rubygems, installing the latest version of webgen is as simple as executing
~~~ shell
$ gem install webgen
After this command has finished, everything is ready for creating websites. Be sure to have a look
at the optional dependencies which provide additional functionality.
### Manual Installation
The latest version of webgen can always be downloaded from the [Github releases page][ghreleases].
After the download the package needs to be decompressed and then you can install webgen using the
included `setup.rb` installation method:
~~~ shell
$ ruby setup.rb config
$ ruby setup.rb setup
$ ruby setup.rb install
Make sure that you also install the mandatory and, if you need them, the optional dependencies.
### Using the Repository Version
webgen uses git as its versioning system and webgen's repository is hosted primarily on Github. The
repository always contains a clean state of the current development version of webgen, i.e. webgen
should always work when checked out from the repository.
To check out webgen use the following command:
~~~ shell
$ git clone git://
## Dependencies
The following list shows all mandatory and optional dependencies for webgen. If you use Rubygems,
the mandatory dependencies are automatically installed. webgen can also make use of optional
dependencies if they are installed. Note that webgen was tested against the specified versions but
it should normally work with newer versions, too!
* (**mandatory**) [Ruby]( version 2.0.0 or higher. Since webgen is written
in Ruby, you need the Ruby interpreter to run webgen.
* (**mandatory**) [cmdparse]( version 3.0.1 or higher
* (**mandatory**) [systemu]( version 2.5.0 or higher
* (**mandatory**) [kramdown]( version 1.3.0 or higher for enhanced
Markdown support
* (optional) [diff-lcs]( version 1.1.0 or higher for showing
changes in destination files
* (optional) [RedCloth]( version 4.1.9 or higher for Textile support
* (optional) [maruku]( version 0.6.0 or higher (another Markdown library)
* (optional) [rdiscount]( version 1.3.5 or higher (yet another
Markdown library, but written in C for speed)
* (optional) [haml]( version 3.1.0 or higher for Haml support
* (optional) [sass]( version 3.2.0 or higher for Sass and Scss support
* (optional) [builder]( version 2.1.0 or higher for programmatic xml
generation support
* (optional) [rdoc]( version 4.0 or higher for RDoc markup support
* (optional) [coderay]( version 1.0.0 or higher for syntax highlighting
* (optional) [erubis]( version 2.6.5 or higher for Erubis
(enhanced ERB) support
* (optional) [archive-tar-minitar]( version 0.5.2 or higher
for (gzipped) tar archives as sources
All these libraries can be installed via Rubygems (which is recommended).
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