Installing Ruby 2.7 + Passenger with Apache on Centos 7

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

CentOS 7 comes with Ruby 2.0, which was released in 2013 and has been deprecated since 2016. (Even CentOS/AlmaLinux 8’s core repos only have Ruby 2.5, which is also outdated, but at least they have dnf streams which make changing the version much easier.) Here is a quick guide to installing Ruby 2.7 on CentOS 7 and getting it working with Apache + Passenger.

First, install/enable the SCL, whose repo definition is provided by the default extras repo, then install Ruby from it:

# yum install centos-release-scl
# yum install rh-ruby27

At this point, Ruby 2.7 is installed, and if you want to run it locally (e.g. to run bundle etc), you can do so by enabling the SCL and spawning a shell:

$ scl enable rh-ruby27 bash # or other preferred shell
$ bundle install ... # or whatever other Ruby commands

Next, install Passenger by following the official guide. If you already have EPEL enabled, then it is likely you only need to install the Passenger repo and then install the Apache module:

# curl --fail -sSLo /etc/yum.repos.d/passenger.repo \
# yum install mod_passenger

At this point you will have two versions of Ruby installed, and Passenger will be using the wrong one (v2.0) by default. To get it to point to Ruby 2.7, edit /etc/sysconfig/httpd and add this line so that Apache knows about the right library path:


Then edit /etc/httpd/conf.d/passenger.conf so that it can see this environment variable + points to the right Ruby binary:

PassengerRuby /opt/rh/rh-ruby27/root/usr/bin/ruby

Restart Apache, and that’s all!

Tags: ruby,apache,centos,linux | Posted at 01:55 | Comments (1)


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