How to install Ruby 2.4 with RVM, Rails 5.1.1, Nginx, and Passenger, PostgreSQL on Ubuntu 16.04 in 2017

Installing RVM

First install mpapis public key:

gpg — keyserver hkp:// — recv-keys 409B6B1796C275462A1703113804BB82D39DC0E3

Install RVM:

\curl -sSL | bash -s stable

The output will advice you to run a following type of code. If the output is different from the code below, run the output instead.

source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm

This will load RVM.

Confirm that RVM is installed by command:

rvm -v

Output should look something like this

rvm 1.29.1 (latest) by Michal Papis, Piotr Kuczynski, Wayne E. Seguin []

Installing Ruby

Install a ruby version of your choice

rvm install <ruby_version>

Currently 2.4.1 is the latest:

rvm install 2.4.1

After the installation, see that the version is installed:

rvm list

Confirm that you want to use that version:

rvm use 2.4.1.

Install Ruby On Rails

Install rails gem:

gem install rails -v <rails_version>

Currently 5.1.1. is the latest:

gem install rails -v 5.1.1.

BONUS: Install javascript runtime

sudo apt-get install nodejs

If it doesn’t install the latest version which is ~6, follow these instructions:

Install Nginx and Passenger

First PGP key and HTTPS support for APT:

sudo apt-key adv — keyserver hkp:// — recv-keys 561F9B9CAC40B2F7
sudo apt-get install -y apt-transport-https ca-certificates

Add the APT repository:

sudo sh -c ‘echo deb xenial main > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/passenger.list’


sudo apt-get update

Install Passenger and Nginx:

sudo apt-get install -y nginx-extras passenger

Go to /etc/nginx/nginx.conf and uncomment the following line

# include /etc/nginx/passenger.conf;

Save and restart nginx:

sudo service nginx restart

Install PostgreSQL

Update and install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib libpq-dev

That’s all. All there’s left to do are configurations.

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