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

To install RVM

As a first step install mpapis public key used to verify installation package to ensure security.

gpg --keyserver
hkp://keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys

RVM development version

\curl -sSL
https://get.rvm.io | bash

RVM stable version

\curl -sSL
https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby

The following commands are used during setup our rails application.

rvm -v - It shows the rvm version

rvm install (ruby-version) - This will install the mentioned ruby version

eg: rvm install “ruby-2.2.2”, rvm install “2.3.0”

rvm list - To list the installed rubies

rvm use (ruby-version) – Switched to mentioned ruby version

rvm use default - To use default ruby version

rvm get stable – To upgrade the rvm


We can use various Rails versions with each Ruby by creating gemset and then installing Rails within those using the normal gem commands

rvm gemset list - To show all the gemset list

rvm gemset create (gemset-name) - To create new gemset

rvm gemset use (gemset-name) - To use mentioned gemset for a application

rvm gemset delete (gemset-name) - To delete gemset





RVM supports multiple types of files to allow configuring a project for automated ruby switching. In any case, make sure to add those files to your version control systems as it is part of the project configuration

.rvmrc – Shell script allowing full customization of the environment

Ex: .rvmrc file contains the following line

rvm use 2.1.1@nancy --create

This file includes both ruby version and gemset.

.rvmrc not supported for Rails 4 applications.

.ruby-version and .ruby-gemset are used to replace .rvmrc file

.ruby-version contain the ruby version

ex: ruby-2.3.0

.ruby-gemset contain the name of ruby gemset.

ex: ruby-gemset


So it will automatically load the ruby and gemset for the application.