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RVM 1.x Capistrano 3.x integration

An automated version of the integration requiring minimal configuration. Includes task to install RVM and Ruby.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'rvm1-capistrano3', require: false

You need to run bundle install to install the gem.

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install rvm1-capistrano3


In Capfile add

require 'rvm1/capistrano3'

It will automatically:

  • detect rvm installation path, preferring user installation
  • detect ruby from project directory
  • create the gemset if not existing already


Please note that for now no automatic installation of PGP keys is done, based on this instruction a minimalistic task can be added to handle the keys installation:

namespace :app do
  task :update_rvm_key do
    execute :gpg, "--keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys D39DC0E3"
before "rvm1:install:rvm", "app:update_rvm_key"

replace :gpg with :gpg2 depending on the output from RVM.

Install RVM 1.x

This task will install stable version of rvm in $HOME/.rvm:

cap rvm1:install:rvm

Or add an before hook:

before 'deploy', 'rvm1:install:rvm'  # install/update RVM

Install Ruby

This task will install ruby from the project (other the specified one):

cap rvm1:install:ruby

Or add an before hook:

before 'deploy', 'rvm1:install:ruby'  # install/update Ruby

This task requires NOPASSWD for the user in /etc/sudoers, or at least all ruby requirements installed already.

Please note that NOPASSWD can bring security vulnerabilities to your system and it's not recommended to involve this option unless you really understand implications of it.

Create alias

Creates alias with the application name for the app ruby:

before 'deploy', 'rvm1:alias:create'

To change the alias name use:

set :rvm1_alias_name, 'my-alias-name'

Install Gems

This task replaces capistrano-bundler gem use only one at time

This will install gems from the project Gemfile:

cap rvm1:install:gems

Or add an before hook:

before 'deploy', 'rvm1:install:gems'  # install/update gems from Gemfile into gemset

Right now all gems in Gemfile will be installed into gemset.

Support for Gemfile installation in Rubygems is still young, we will improve it with new RG releases.

  • RG 2.0-2.1 - support for gem + version in Gemfile
  • RG 2.2 - limited support for Gemfile.lock - work still in progress, test with rvm rubygems head


Well if you really need to there are available ways:

  • set :rvm1_ruby_version, "2.0.0" - to avoid autodetection and use specific version
  • fetch(:default_env).merge!( rvm_path: "/opt/rvm" ) - to force specific path to rvm installation

How it works

This gem adds a new task rvm1:hook before deploy:starting. It uses the script/ for capistrano when it wants to run rake, gem, bundle, or ruby.

Check your configuration

If you want to check your configuration you can use the rvm1:check task to get information about the RVM version and ruby which would be used for deployment.

$ cap production rvm1:check

Custom tasks which rely on RVM/Ruby

When building custom tasks which need the current ruby version and gemset, all you have to do is run the rvm1:hook task before your own task. This will handle the execution of the ruby-related commands. This is only necessary if your task is not after the deploy:starting task.

before :my_custom_task, 'rvm1:hook'

Custom Roles: :rvm1_roles

If you want to restrict RVM usage to a subset of roles, you may set :rvm_roles:

set :rvm1_roles, [:rvm]

This can be used to restrict RVM use to only one stage which uses given roles.

Custom Path to

By default the script will be saved under /tmp/<application>-<ssh-user>. To override it, use:

set :rvm1_auto_script_path, '/tmp/another/dir'


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Test your changes (tf --text test/*.sh)
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new Pull Request


RVM 1.x Capistrano 3.x integration gem



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