How To Install Rails, Apache, and MySQL on Ubuntu with Passenger
IntroInstalling Ruby on Rails and MySQL on an apache virtual private server
is the first step toward getting Ruby applications live and online.
Three useful installers make the task of building this server easier
than ever before.
SetupThis tutorial requires you to have a server up and running.
Additionally, the rails ready script needs to be performed by a user
with sudo privileges. If you don't have a user like that on your server,
you can check out how to do that in steps 3 and 4 of this tutorial.
Step One—Install Rails ReadyOnce you are logged in on your virtual server with your user with root privileges, type in the command to install Rails Ready:
wget --no-check-certificate https://raw.github.com/joshfng/railsready/master/railsready.sh && bash railsready.sh
Rails Ready can be installed either from the source or with RVM, the
Ruby Version Manager. I would recommend using RVM—it's an easy
installation and will later let you to switch between multiple versions
of Ruby if needed.
Overall the installation does take a while—be prepared to wait.
However, once Rails Ready finishes the process, your server will be fully
equipped with Ruby, Gems, and Rails. Then, following the instructions on
screen, "logout and back in to access Ruby"
Step Two—Install Apache with Phusion Passenger Once RVM is set up, you can use it to install rails:
rvm install 1.9.3
And set RVM to use Ruby 1.9.3 by default:
rvm use --default 1.9.3
Then install the passenger gem:
gem install passenger
As a useful bonus, RailsReady comes packaged with Phusion Passenger,
which we can use to then automatically install and configure Apache on
Use this command to start the apache installation:
Step Three—Update the Apache configurationPassenger will display this text after Apache installs:
The Apache 2 module was successfully installed.
Please edit your Apache configuration file, and add these lines:
LoadModule passenger_module /home/username/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/passenger-3.0.12/ext/apache2/mod_passenger.so
To finish the process, open up the Apache config and paste the three required lines into the file:
sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.confSave and Exit.
Step Four—Install MySQLBefore we conclude the installation, we should add one more useful program to our virtual server.
MySQL is a powerful database management system used for organizing and retrieving data.
To install MySQL, open terminal and type in these commands:
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install mysql-server
During the installation, MySQL will ask you to set a root password. If
you miss the chance to set the password while the program is installing,
it is very easy to set the password later from within the MySQL shell
with this command:
UPDATE mysql.user SET Password = PASSWORD('password') WHERE User = 'root';Congratulations! WIth the help of three useful installers, we now have Ruby on Rails, Apache, and MySQL on our Ubuntu server!
Article ID: 152
Created On: Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM
Last Updated On: Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:07 PM
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