Here you will find pointers to manuals, tutorials and references that will come in handy when you feel like coding in Ruby.

Installing Ruby

Unless you only want to try Ruby in the browser (see the links below) you need to have Ruby installed on your computer. You can check whether Ruby already is available by opening a terminal and typing

ruby -v

This should output some information on the installed Ruby version. If not, see the installation page for various options of getting Ruby.

Getting Started

Try Ruby!
An interactive tutorial that lets you try out Ruby right in your browser. This 15-minute tutorial is aimed at beginners who want to get a feeling of the language.
Ruby Koans
The Koans walk you along the path to enlightenment in order to learn Ruby. The goal is to learn the Ruby language, syntax, structure, and some common functions and libraries. We also teach you culture.
Discover Ruby idioms, learn lessons and solve problems, all in your browser!
Hackety Hack
The little coder’s starter kit. A fun and easy way to learn about programming (through Ruby) using the Shoes GUI Toolkit.
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
An unconventional but interesting book that will teach you Ruby through stories, wit, and comics. Originally created by why the lucky stiff, this guide remains a classic for Ruby learners.
Ruby in Twenty Minutes
A nice tutorial covering the basics of Ruby. From start to finish it shouldn’t take you more than twenty minutes.
Ruby from Other Languages
Coming to Ruby from another language? Whether it’s C, C++, Java, Perl, PHP, or Python, this article has you covered!
Learning Ruby
A thorough collection of Ruby study notes for those who are new to the language and in search of a solid introduction to Ruby’s concepts and constructs.
Ruby Essentials
Ruby Essentials is a free on-line book designed to provide a concise and easy to follow guide to learning Ruby.
Learn to Program
A wonderful little tutorial by Chris Pine for programming newbies. If you don’t know how to program, start here.
Learn Ruby the Hard Way
A very good set of exercises with explanations that guide you from the absolute basics of Ruby all the way to OOP and web development.


Programming Ruby
The seminal work on Ruby in English, this first edition of the Pragmatic Programmers’ book is available for free online.
Ruby User’s Guide
Translated from the original Japanese version written by Yukihiro Matsumoto (the creator of Ruby), this version, by Goto Kentaro and Mark Slagell, is a nice overview of many aspects of the Ruby language.
The Ruby Programming Wikibook
A free online manual with beginner and intermediate content plus a thorough language reference.

Reference Documentation

Ruby Core Reference
Pulled straight from the source code using RDoc, this reference work documents all of the core classes and modules (like String, Array, Symbol, etc…).
Ruby Standard Library Reference
Also pulled from the source code using RDoc, this reference work documents the standard library.
The one-stop web site for reference documentation about Ruby gems and GitHub-hosted Ruby projects.
Ruby & Rails Searchable API Docs
Rails and Ruby documentation with smart searching.
Ruby, Rails and RSpec documentation with users’ notes.
Omniref: Annotated Ruby, Rails, and Gem Documentation
Documentation for every version of Ruby, and every version of every RubyGem. A comprehensive reference manual for Ruby, with code search, source annotations, and Q&A features.

Editors and IDEs

For coding in Ruby you can use the default editor of your operating system. By the way, to be more effective in coding, it is worth to choose a source code editor with basic Ruby support (e.g. syntax-highlighting, file browsing) or an integrated development environment with advanced features (e.g. code completion, refactoring, testing support).

Here is a list of popular tools used by Rubyists:

Further Reading maintains a comprehensive list of English documentation sources. There are also plenty of books about Ruby. If you have questions about Ruby the mailing list is a great place to start.