Note: You can view the latest version of this guide online at the Rubygame wiki: rubygame.org/wiki/Windows_Installation_Guide
- Ruby, the language
itself. The easiest option here is the one-click installer. This will
install Ruby and a number of useful libraries without any hassle.
- SDL. Download the
Win32 binary package, e.g. “SDL-1.2.14-win32.zip“.
The rest are optional dependencies, but highly recommended. If you
don’t have them, you won’t be able to use certain features of
- SDL_image. Grab the
Win32 binary package, e.g. “SDL_image-1.2.8-win32.zip“.
- SDL_mixer. Just
like before, grab the Win32 binary package, e.g.
- SDL_ttf. Again, get
the Win32 binary package, e.g. “SDL_ttf-2.0.9-win32.zip“.
version). Many thanks to a generous Rubygame user (bmatthew1) for
providing a compiled Windows DLL for SDL_gfx!
Once you have downloaded everything, unzip them and copy the *.dll files
C:windowssystem32 directory. This will allow the
libraries to be detected and loaded by Rubygame.
The simplest way to install Rubygame is: gem install
Or you can download the source
from Github and follow the installation instructions in README.
If all goes well, you have successfully installed Rubygame. Try to execute require
'rubygame' in an irb session and run the provided samples to ensure
that everything is acceptable.
If you have any trouble installing Rubygame, please post in the forums.