This is a short guide on how to install Ringo on your system.
Ringo runs on the Java VM
The only essential requirement to run Ringo is Java. The oldest supported release is Java 5. We recommend Java 6 or higher to run Ringo, which you find at the Oracle download page or on Debian simply
apt-get install openjdk-7-jre.
Download the latest release
This is the recommended and straight forward way to install Ringo. Download the latest release from the download page. For convinience, you should add the
/bin directory to the
PATH environment variable.
Advanced: Install Ringo from Git
Instead of installing a Ringo release as described in before, you can also use the current git master. This requires more tools and knowledge about Java development since you have to build Ringo by yourself.
In addition to Java you will need Apache Ant and the Apache Ivy plugin for Ant. You can get those tools from their respective websites, or by using your favourite package manager (e.g. on Debian use
apt-get install ant ivy).
Clone the Git repository with:
$ git clone git://github.com/ringo/ringojs.git
Change to the ringojs directory you just checked out and run ant with the "update" and "jar" target to fetch all dependencies and then build Ringo:
$ ant update jar