Deploying rails app with apache locally

In this post I am going to show how to make apache the server for all ruby on rails application on local machine.

In the previous post I had shown how to install apache web server ad configure it.

My software stack:

  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • ruby 1.9.2 p290.
  • Rails 3.1.10
  • rubygems 1.8.10

Lets start!

I assume that you have a rails app in the following path:


It is important to note that apache serves all local request via www directory in /var.


So the first step is to create a symbolic link:

ln -s /home/username/Desktop/rails_apps/my_rails_app/public /var/www/my_rails_app

Note that sym link should be to your appls publc folder.

Now edit the following file(you can coly paste the code)

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

In this file, append the follwing line:

RailsBaseURI /my_rails_app
RailsEnv development #(if you want to run on development mode default is production)

Restart apache using

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

 Now on you browser when you type
 the app should fire up !

Hurray you have done it !

————————————–warning for ruby 1.9.2p290————————————————

When I fired up my app, I got an error

Can’t convert nil to hash,

This is phsyc problem and to solve this, add the following to boot.rb

(this issue existed when I did used it )

require ‘yaml’

YAML::ENGINE.yamler = ‘syck’