Configure Macbook for Ruby/Rails Development

Install UI applications:

  • Iterm2
  • Firefox
  • DropBox
  • Skype
  • RubyMine
  • Moroshka File Manager
  • MU Commander
  • VLC

Install XCode and XCode Tools

  • Install XCode from AppStore.

  • Install XCode Command Line Tools from inside XCode.

  • Read and agree to Xcode license from command line:

sudo xcodebuild -license

Install Homebrew

It is package manager for MacOS written in ruby:

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSkL"

brew update
brew tap homebrew/dupes
brew tap homebrew/versions

brew doctor

Install command line tools

Install base tools:

brew install wget
brew install mc
brew install git

Qt package is required by Capybara acceptance tests.

brew install qt

Node is used for jasmine javascript unit test and for various javascript tasks. It will install node package manager (npm) as well:

brew install node

Test it:

node -v
npm -v

Install Sublime 3 Text Editor

Download it from

Create convenient link:

ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ $HOME/bin/subl

Install RVM:

\curl -sSL | bash

Then run this command:

source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm

or reopen in another terminal window.

Install required packages:

rvm requirements

Install various ruby versions:

rvm install 1.9.3

rvm install 2.1.1

rvm install jruby

Update .bash_profile

Add to ~/.bash_profile the following lines:

export PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/opt/local/bin:$PATH

export EDITOR='subl -w'
export PS1='${LOGNAME}@$(hostname): [$(~/.rvm/bin/rvm-prompt)] (\w):\n> '

[[ -r $rvm_path/scripts/completion ]] && . $rvm_path/scripts/completion

rvm use 1.9.3
ruby -v

Install postgres server:

Install it:

brew install postgres

Start it:

mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
sudo chown $USER ~/Library/LaunchAgents

cp /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/9.3.3/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist

Initialize database:

initdb /usr/local/var/postgres -E utf8

Create users and databases from command line:

createuser -s -d -r rails_app_tmpl

createdb -U rails_app_tmpl rails_app_tmpl_dev
createdb -U rails_app_tmpl rails_app_tmpl_test
createdb -U rails_app_tmpl rails_app_tmpl_prod

rake db:migrate

or with psql tool:

psql -c 'create user rails_app_tmp;' -s -d -r

psql -c 'create database rails_app_tmpl_dev;' -U rails_app_tmpl -h
psql -c 'create database rails_app_tmpl_test;' -U rails_app_tmpl -h
psql -c 'create database rails_app_tmpl_prod;' -U rails_app_tmpl -h

Install mysql server:

Install it:

brew install mysql

Start it:

mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
sudo chown $USER ~/Library/LaunchAgents

ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/mysql/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

Set up mysql root password:

mysqladmin -u root password 'root'

Create users and databases from command line:

--mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "flush  priveleges;"
--mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "drop user 'rails_app_tmpl'@'localhost';"

mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "CREATE USER 'rails_app_tmpl'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'rails_app_tmpl';"

mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "grant all privileges on *.* to 'rails_app_tmpl'@'localhost' identified by 'rails_app_tmpl' with grant option;"
mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "grant all privileges on *.* to 'rails_app_tmpl'@'%' identified by 'rails_app_tmpl' with grant option;"

mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "create database rails_app_tmpl_dev;"
mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "create database rails_app_tmpl_test;"
mysql -h localhost -u root -p"root" -e "create database rails_app_tmpl_prod;"

or with mysql tool interactively:

mysql -u root -p'root'

  CREATE USER 'rails_app_tmpl'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'rails_app_tmpl';

  grant all privileges on *.* to 'rails_app_tmpl'@'localhost' identified by 'rails_app_tmpl' with grant option;
  grant all privileges on *.* to 'rails_app_tmpl'@'%' identified by 'rails_app_tmpl' with grant option;

  create database rails_app_tmpl_dev;
  create database rails_app_tmpl_test;
  create database rails_app_tmpl_prod;


## Install selenium standalone server

brew install selenium-server-standalone

Standalone selenium server is implemented as launchd agent.

To have launchd start selenium-server-standalone at login, create soft link:

ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/selenium-server-standalone/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents

Then load selenium-server-standalone agent:

launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.selenium-server-standalone.plist

It will run selenium server on port 4444.

If you don’t want to use agent, use java directly:

java -jar /usr/local/opt/selenium-server-standalone/selenium-server-standalone-2.35.0.jar -p 4444

Create or load your project

  • Create folder with ruby and/or rails.

  • Create Gemfile with all dependent ruby gems.

  • Create package.json with all dependent javascript nodes.

*Install ruby gems and js nodes:

bundle install

npm install

Other instructions on Mac configuration are available here here and here.