Dec 11 2007

How to get past the “(Gem::Exception) SSL is not installed on this system” error when installing Ruby on Rails

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Google Query: ERROR: while executing gem … (Gem::Exception) SSL is not installed on this system

I received this error when I tried to install Ruby on Rails on another Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) system the other day. After some Google searching I finally found my answer at

Basically, you have to install “libopenssl-ruby” by typing the following in at the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install libopenssl-ruby

That’s it! You should be able to install Rails without that ssl error now.

I would also like to thank Reader, leondu, for pointing out that Ruby Gems is now at version 0.9.5. I have updated “How to Install ruby on rails on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon” to reflect the changes and the above error.

Happy Coding!

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1 Comments on this post


  1. phantomdata said:

    Really, the error message should indicate that. It doesn’t even say “No Ruby bindings” just “it’s not installed”. I went bonkers trying to figure that one out before I realized that there was a Ruby gem.

    Also – on a different box I had a custom version of Ruby installed in a different location that was futzing things up (everything from rmagick to psql worked but not openssl). I reinstalled it to the “Standard” location and all was well.

    December 11th, 2007 at 4:41 pm


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