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Developer(s) HipByte
Written in C, C++, Objective-C, Java, Ruby
Operating system Mac OS X, iOS, Android
Type Ruby programming language runtime and compiler
License Proprietary EULA

RubyMotion is an implementation of the Ruby programming language that runs on iOS, OS X and Android. RubyMotion is a commercial product created by Laurent Sansonetti for HipByte[1] and is based on MacRuby for OS X. RubyMotion works exclusively on OS X.[1]

RubyMotion apps execute in an iOS simulator alongside a read-eval-print loop (REPL) for interactive inspection and modification.[2] 3rd-party Objective-C libraries can be included in a RubyMotion project, either manually or by using a package manager such as CocoaPods. Programs are statically compiled into machine code by use of Rake as its build and execution tool.[2]

RubyMotion projects can be developed with any text editor. The RubyMine IDE provides support for the RubyMotion toolchain, such as code-completion and visual debugging.[3]

As of version 2.0, RubyMotion now supports the development of applications for OS X in addition to iOS.[4] Android support was added in version 3.0.[5]

Examples of applications built in RubyMotion include 37signals's Basecamp for iPhone,[6] the Bandcamp iPhone app,[7] and A Dark Room for iOS.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Mruby - another minimal Ruby implementation, targeted at mobile devices


  1. ^ a b RubyMotion - About. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  2. ^ a b Exclusive: building native iOS apps with RubyMotion. Published 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ Getting Started with RubyMotion.
  4. ^ RubyMotion Goes 2.0 And Gets OS X Support, Templates and Plugins. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
  5. ^ Announcing RubyMotion 3.0: Android Platform, WatchKit Apps, and More. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  6. ^ Why I loved building Basecamp for iPhone in RubyMotion. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
  7. ^ RubyMotion Success Story: Bandcamp. The RubyMotion Blog. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ RubyMotion Success Story: A Dark Room. The RubyMotion Blog. Retrieved 2014-12-13.

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