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Developer(s)Evan Phoenix, Brian Shirai
Stable release
3.107 / July 15, 2018; 13 months ago (2018-07-15)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++ and Ruby
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeRuby programming language compiler
LicenseMozilla Public License

Rubinius is an alternative Ruby implementation created by Evan Phoenix. Based loosely on the Smalltalk-80 Blue Book design,[1] Rubinius seeks to "provide a rich, high-performance environment for running Ruby code."[2]


Rubinius follows in the Lisp and Smalltalk traditions, by natively implementing as much of Ruby as possible in Ruby code.[3]

It also has a goal of being thread-safe in order to be able to embed more than one interpreter in a single application.


From 2007 to 2013, Engine Yard funded one full-time engineer to work exclusively on Rubinius.[4] Evan Phoenix now works at HashiCorp.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation (PDF). ISBN 0-201-11371-6.
  2. ^ "Rubinius README". Rubinius Project. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ Nutter, Charles (2008-04-27). "Promise and Peril for Alternative Ruby Impls". Retrieved 2009-02-22. Evan Phoenix's Rubinius project is an effort to implement Ruby using as much Ruby code as possible.
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  5. ^ "Vektra Joins HashiCorp". Retrieved 2017-06-29.
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