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(More detail on the Wiki pages)

This repository shows how to create standalone .Net applications written in Ruby.

You can package up Ruby applications as ordinary .Net executables without having to ship a collection of plain-text Ruby source files and the associated standard Ruby libraries.

If you want proof, look at the single file IRSinatra.exe which demonstrates a fully operational Sinatra example program. It needs no other files – you just need the IronRuby runtime DLLs to be available on the PC.

Your source Ruby files are embedded directly into your executable, and you can use require, load, etc just as if the files were on disk.

No-one need ever know… (including your IT department).


  EmbeddedRuby er = new EmbeddedRuby();
  exitcode = er1.Run("main.rb");


To create an Embedded Ruby application, you just need the following components:


IronRuby is the Open Source version of Ruby for .Net


Serfs is a “Simple Embedded Resource File System” for .Net. It provides access to files embedded in .Net assemblies. Files can be encoded for privacy.


IREmbeddedApp provides a wrapper for IronRuby and Serfs, and a bootstrapper that patches the appropriate Ruby methods so that they can read files from embedded resources.

Repository contents

This repository contains the following parts

  1. IREmbeddedApp : The core IREmbeddedApp dll.
  2. ExampleApps : An example command-line program showing how to run Ruby programs.
  3. IREmbeddedLibraries : A DLL containing a copy of the standard Ruby 1.8 libraries (including rubygems, rexml etc), plus rack-1.1.0 and sinatra-1.0. This can be optionally included in an application if you need library support.
  4. IRSinatra : A fully working Sinatra application with 2 flavours, one with libraries in individual DLLs, one with them all merged into the .exe
  5. IRTestResources : An example DLL containing no code, just embedded resources (optparse, test::unit and flexmock taken directly from an ordinary Ruby install).


Copyright © 2010 David Lake (rifraf →

Released under the MIT license. See LICENSE file for details.