Installation Prerequisites

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Installation Prerequisites

This guide covers getting your system ready for Refinery. Afterwards you will have:

  • A working version of Ruby
  • ImageMagick installed
  • Either the SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL database configured



If you are already a Rails developer, you will most likely not have to install anything else. Here's the requirements for Refinery:

  • Ruby - 1.9.3, 2.0.0, Rubinius, and JRuby are all acceptable
  • RubyGems - Recommended that you have the latest version installed
  • Database - SQLite3 (default), MySQL, or PostgreSQL
  • ImageMagick - Recommended that you have the latest version installed

If you have all of these things, great! Proceed on to the Getting Started with Refinery guide.

Otherwise, choose your operating system below.



TIP. If you're planning on using Ruby a lot, the best way to install it is using the Ruby Version Manager (RVM)

$ sudo apt-get install ruby

WARNING. Do not install Ruby 1.9.1, there is a known bug which will not allow Refinery to work.


TIP. If you used RVM above then this step will not be necessary.

$ sudo apt-get install rubygems


For SQLite:

$ sudo apt-get install sqlite3 libsqlite3-dev

For MySQL:

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev


$ sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Mac OS X


TIP. The best way to install Ruby is using the Ruby Version Manager (RVM)


Rubygems also comes installed by default, however, it is an old version which will cause problems. Update using:

$ gem update --system

Also, due to an RDoc bug, you'll need to update it as well:

$ gem install rdoc


SQLite is most likely already installed.


Use this shell script: Or, if you have Homebrew installed, you can use:

$ brew install imagemagick


Ruby and Rubygems provides a great installer to get you up and running in no time. Just download the kit and follow through the installer.


If you used Rails Installer, then SQLite will have been installed by default. For MySQL, follow the instructions at the MySQL website:


Warning. ImageMagick is tricky to install on Windows. Make sure to read the instructions carefully, and if one version does not work for you try an older version as well.

Follow the instructions at

Ready to Install!

Easier than expected right? Now you're ready to start building great websites with Refinery! Proceed on to the Getting Started with Refinery guide.