Installing JRuby on Windows 10

1. Download JRuby Zip

Go to https://www.jruby.org/download and download the option named “JRuby Binary.zip” for the latest available version.  Although a installer is also available, I always find the zip / tar route more reliable. jrubyorg download

2. Extract Contents

Once the download is complete, extract the zip file and move the “jruby-” directory into a location you would like your executables to live in.  Then navigate to its “bin” directory and copy this path. jruby bin

3. Add JRuby Commands to PATH Environment Variable

In order for Windows to recognize any of these new commands, you need to add an entry to your PATH environment variable.  This can be done by opening your Windows start menu and start typing “environment” to search.  You should see an option for “Edit the system environment variables”.  

Open that option, then click on the “Environment Variables” button down at the bottom. environment search Once in “Environment Variables”, find the row for “Path” under “user variables” at the top of the popup and click the “Edit…” button. environ path Click on “New” to add a new entry, and paste the path to your bin directory.  Click OK to close each of the System Variables popups. environ path entry

4. Enjoy

You may now use any of the JRuby commands.  irb for the interactive intepreter, jruby .rb to execute a script, gem to install packages, etc.