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the coder’s starter kit: sound, animation, video, messaging in a low-key ruby environment.
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Hackety Hack
for Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista, and Linux

Hackety Hack is a programming starter kit. It’s an editor with helpful coding tools and built-in messaging (so you can pass scripts to friends easily.)

Oh So Fashionable Beta

Hackety Hack is not quite ready yet. Lots of things aren’t quite working, but we’re trying. Rome wasn’t built in a day… We have a Lighthouse account. We’d love to get some bug reports. Currently working: programs run, Try Ruby works. Currently not: website integration stuff and sharing of your programs.

Building Hackety Hack

If you are an advanced user (familiar with C and Ruby,) you may enjoy helping out with H-ety H. If you’re on Ubuntu, you will need to install the following packages before building shoes:

libgtk2.0-dev libgif-dev libportaudio-dev libvlc-dev portaudio19-dev

To get it working on Arch Linux, I had to install these packages:
bq. portaudio 19_20071207-2 libidn gtk2 giflib vlc

And roll back shoes to this commit:


And then it worked. This will hopefully be resolved in the near future.

With Shoes installed, you can checkout the source code and start things up like so:

$ git clone git://
$ cd hacketyhack
$ ./h-ety-h.rb

If you need to install Shoes, just run this first:

$ git clone git://
$ cd shoes
$ rake

Shoes will be built and put in the dist directory. If you want to build Hackety Hack as a standalone app with the installer for your platform:

$ git clone git://
$ git clone git://
$ cd shoes
$ rake APP=../hacketyhack VIDEO=1
$ rake APP=../hacketyhack installer

There is no installer for Linux, bear in mind.


Beneath my wings are many winds.
  • _why, who was quite the lucky stiff. Without his work and
    vision, Hackety Hack would have never been born. Hopefully
    he’ll be proud of how his child lives out its life…
  • Yukihiro Matsumoto, whose Ruby language
    is the heart of Hackety Hack. I adore
    this language. Ruby’s shared lib and stdlib
    are included under the terms of the Ruby
  • Alex Brem for help on bloopsaphone.
    He just started hacking away. I like that!
  • Numerous font authors whose free
    offerings are included. I need to
    assemble a list…
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