Setting up Ruboto

The first thing we'll do is install Ruboto and get everything set up:

$ gem install ruboto
$ ruboto setup -y

The -y option means you'll automatically accept all the license agreements that will come up. This is convenient because ruboto will be downloading and installing lots of software and they all have a yes/no pause for these agreements.

Once you have Ruboto set up we can move forward. Here's what my setup looks like now:

Java runtime             : Found
Java Compiler            : Found
Apache ANT               : Found
Android Package Installer: Found
Android Emulator         : Found
Intel HAXM               : Old   1.1.2/
Android SDK Command adb  : Found
Android SDK Command dx   : Found
Platform SDK android-16  : Found

    *** Ruboto setup is OK! ***

I don't mind the old HAXM stuff because I'm going to be using my phone. I also don't mind because when I don't have the phone available I use Genymotion. Genymotion is a free emulator that actually works! It takes a little setting up so I've written a tutorial on using Genymotion. If you don't have a device (i.e. phone or tablet) then I recommend reading that tutorial before moving on.

If you are using a device, be sure to enable debug mode on the phone, there are nice instructions here.

If you don't have a device, and you don't want to Genymotion, then you'll need to use the native device emulator and I won't be able to help you much. But this wiki page is the place to start.

Also, One of the tools that this process downloaded is the SDK manager. It's not something that I've used much since my initial install so I'm not an expert with it. But if you'd like to know more about it you can read this article.

Using gen app to get started

  1. Go to a new clean directory where you want to put some projects.

  2. In the terminal run $ ruboto gen app --package com.tutorials.quick_start.

  3. Go into the directory that Ruboto just created via: $ cd quick_start.

  4. Build it by running $ rake (this generates an apk at bin/QuickStart-debug.apk).

OK so you have a working environment, you have an app, and you have either a device or a virtual device. Now we just want to put the app onto the device and see it in action.

Installing the app

When your device is running/connected you can type rake install start into the command line and the demo app should spring to life.

If you haven't already downloaded the Ruboto core (and if you're new to this, then you probably haven't), then you will be prompted to get it from the app store. This app has the stuff Ruboto needs to do its magic.


If you see the following on your screen then all is well and you are ready to start your training!

If not, don't sweat it! Please email me so that I can make these instructions better. The startup phase is the hardest part of this whole process and I want to make it awesome, so please contact me!