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RVM package for Ubuntu

RVM is a command-line tool which allows you to easily install, manage, and work with multiple ruby environments from interpreters to sets of gems.

This package installs rvm with some defaults:

  • stable rvm is used;
  • rvm is installed using mixed-mode install: usable by all users on the system, with isolated rubies/gemsets in user's $HOME (see more here);
  • rvm is installed into /usr/share/rvm (as Debian/Ubuntu convention);
  • all sudoers are automatic added to rvm group at install;
  • all sudoers get local gemsets enabled;

Automatic updates are provided by a Ubuntu PPA.

Additionally some old packages required to build old ruby binaries (like libssl1.0-dev) are automatically available in the PPA too.



You need software-properties-common installed in order to add PPA repositories.

If not installed, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

1. Add the PPA and install the package

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:rael-gc/rvm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rvm

2. Change your terminal window

Now, in order to always load rvm, change the Gnome Terminal to always perform a login.

At terminal window, click Edit > Profile Preferences, click on Title and Command tab and check Run command as login shell.

Terminal Screenshot

Or instead, you can run the following command

echo 'source "/etc/profile.d/"' >> ~/.bashrc

3. Reboot

A lot of changes were made (scripts that needs to be reloaded, you're now member of rvm group) and in order to properly get all them working, you need to reboot (in most cases a logout/login is enough, but in some Ubuntu derivatives or some terminal emulators, a shell login is not performed, so we advise to reboot).

4. Install a ruby

Now you're ready to install rubies. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

rvm install ruby

RVM Usage

RVM complete instructions are available at RVM repository:

Additionally you can check manual pages too: open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

man rvm


0. Reboot

After install RVM, your user was added to a new group, new environment files were created, etc. Usually a logout, login is enough. But in case you're still facing some issues (usually due terminals not running login shells, etc), just try a system reboot.

1. Cannot add PPA

If you're facing the following error:

Cannot add PPA: 'ppa:~rael-gc/ubuntu/rvm'.
ERROR: '~rael-gc' user or team does not exist

Sounds like you're under a proxy. Please, follow instructions to add-apt-repository to work through a proxy.

2. I need to upgrade to master without wait for new package release

Fine. First install the rvm-installer keys:

gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3 7D2BAF1CF37B13E2069D6956105BD0E739499BDB

Then run:

rvmsudo rvm get master

3. Files permission issues

If you already rebooted, and you're facing any file permission issues during any RVM usage, like Following files may be not writable, sudo is needed or Operation not permitted, you can fix it with:

rvmsudo rvm cleanup all
rvm fix-permissions



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