Install Rails onto new Windows System#
This document serves as summary of what steps were carried out to install the current version of rails onto a Windows Server systems.
Download and install for windows#
Download the latest 64 bit version (Ruby+Devkit).
and the 2nd screen prompts for toolset install. On this installation (development machine), we'll go ahead and take the option. However, I don't expect I'll do that on production.
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393] (c) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. > ruby -v ruby 2.7.1p83 (2020-03-31 revision a0c7c23c9c) [x64-mingw32] > gem install rails
This is why people hate rails for windows, the battle with version sync. We've fallen over on this.
Successfully installed i18n-1.8.2 Successfully installed thread_safe-0.3.6 Successfully installed tzinfo-1.2.7 Successfully installed zeitwerk-2.3.0 Successfully installed activesupport-18.104.22.168 Successfully installed rack-2.2.2 Successfully installed rack-test-1.1.0 Successfully installed mini_portile2-2.4.0 ERROR: Error installing rails: The last version of nokogiri (>= 1.6) to support your Ruby & RubyGems was 1.10.9. Try installing it with `gem install nokogiri -v 1.10.9` and then running the current command again nokogiri requires Ruby version >= 2.3, < 2.7.dev. The current ruby version is 22.214.171.124. >
Trying a local build
> gem install nokogiri --platform=ruby Fetching nokogiri-1.10.9.gem Temporarily enhancing PATH for MSYS/MINGW... Building native extensions. This could take a while... Successfully installed nokogiri-1.10.9 Parsing documentation for nokogiri-1.10.9 Installing ri documentation for nokogiri-1.10.9 Done installing documentation for nokogiri after 4 seconds 1 gem installed > gem rails install > rails -v Rails 126.96.36.199
This failed as an initial installation option due to old version of ruby#
Download latest 64bit version. At 27/05/20 there were two versions (ruby 2.2, and ruby 2.3).I've selected the 2.3 for the fact it's the latest and our system is a basic CRUD app, so I expect nothing to fail in terms of version compatibility.
This appears to install Rails 5.1, so manually upgrade to Rails 6.x.
Will the gemfile pull in a specific rails version for this project?
We'll install to "c:\" because this system has the production database on "d:", so until there's a succinct IT policy, let's just take the defaults.
Note that git is de-selected because it already exists on this system.
After installation here, the versions are:
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.14393] (c) 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. > rails -v Rails 5.1.3 > ruby -v ruby 2.3.3p222 (2016-11-21 revision 56859) [i386-mingw32]
Let's update rails to 2.6.x
gem update rails Updating installed gems Updating rails Fetching: zeitwerk-2.3.0.gem (100%) ERROR: Error installing rails: zeitwerk requires Ruby version >= 2.4.4. Gems updated: zeitwerk Gems already up-to-date: rails
That's failed, so how do we update Ruby versions?