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Developer(s)Evan Phoenix, Brian Shirai
Stable release
5.0 / May 16, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-05-16)[1]
Written inC++ and Ruby
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeRuby programming language compiler
LicenseMozilla Public License

Rubinius was an alternative Ruby implementation created by Evan Phoenix. Based loosely on the Smalltalk-80 Blue Book design,[2] Rubinius sought to "provide a rich, high-performance environment for running Ruby code."[3]


Rubinius follows in the Lisp and Smalltalk traditions, by natively implementing as much of Ruby as possible in Ruby code.[4]

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.[5] Evan Phoenix now works at HashiCorp.[6][7]

PowerPC64 support[edit]

Since version 2.4.0, support on PowerPC64 is enabled.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Releases - rubinius/rubinius". Retrieved 17 May 2020 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Adele; Robson, Dave (1983). Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation. ISBN 0-201-11371-6.
  3. ^ "Rubinius README". Rubinius Project. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Vektra Joins HashiCorp". Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ Gustavo Frederico Temple Pedrosa, Vitor de Lima, Leonardo Bianconi (2014). "Release 2.4.0". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-01-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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