Introduction

This page explains the way to install ruby-oci8 for Oracle Instant Client.

For Oracle Full Client, look at Install for Oracle Full Client. For Windows, look at Install Binary Package unless you have a special need to compile ruby-oci8 by yourself.

Install Oracle Instant Client Packages

Donwload Instant Client Packages

Download the following packages from Oracle Technology Network.

Note: use 32-bit packages for 32-bit ruby even though the OS is 64-bit.

UNIX zip packages

Unzip the packages as follows:

mkdir /opt
mkdir /opt/oracle
cd /opt/oracle
unzip path/to/instantclient-basic-OS-VERSION.zip
unzip path/to/instantclient-sdk-OS-VERSION.zip
unzip path/to/instantclient-sqlplus-OS-VERSION.zip

If /opt/oracle/instantclient12_1/libclntsh.so is not found, make a symbolic link to link the library.

cd /opt/oracle/instantclient12_1
ln -s libclntsh.so.12.1 libclntsh.so

Note:

Set the library search path, whose name depends on the OS, to point to the installed directory.

OS library search path
Linux LD_LIBRARY_PATH
Solaris 32-bit ruby LD_LIBRARY_PATH_32 or LD_LIBRARY_PATH
Solaris 64-bit ruby LD_LIBRARY_PATH_64 or LD_LIBRARY_PATH
HP-UX PA-RISC 32-bit ruby SHLIB_PATH
HP-UX PA-RISC 64-bit ruby LD_LIBRARY_PATH
HP-UX IA64 LD_LIBRARY_PATH
Mac OS X DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH
AIX LIBPATH

For example:

$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/oracle/instantclient_12_1
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Though many instant client pages indicate that the environment varialbe ORACLE_HOME should be set, it isn't necessary unless Oracle Net configuration files such as tnsnames.ora and sqlnet.ora are in $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/.

Linux rpm packages

Install the downloaded packages as follows:

rpm -i path/to/oracle-instantclient-basic-VERSION-ARCH.rpm
rpm -i path/to/oracle-instantclient-devel-VERSION-ARCH.rpm
rpm -i path/to/oracle-instantclient-sqlplus-VERSION-ARCH.rpm

Set LD_LIBRARY_PATH to point to the directory where libclntsh.so is installed.

For example:

$ LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/oracle/12.1/client/lib
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Windows

Unzip the packages and set PATH to point to the directory where OCI.DLL is installed.

Check the environment

Oracle installation

Run the following command and confirm it works fine. If it doesn't work well, check LD_LIBRARY_PATH or PATH.

sqlplus USERNAME/PASSWORD

ruby installation

Run the following command. If it ends with “can't find header files for ruby” or “ruby: no such file to load – mkmf (LoadError)”, you need to install ruby-devel(redhat) or ruby-dev(debian/ubuntu).

ruby -r mkmf -e ""

development tools

You need a C compiler and development tools such as make or nmake. Note that they must be same with ones used to compile the ruby. For example, you need Oracle Solaris Studio, not gcc, for ruby compiled by Oracle Solaris Studio.

Installation

If you get a problem in the following steps, look at Platform Specific Issues and Report Installation Issues.

gem package

Run the following command.

gem install ruby-oci8

If you get a problem, look at Platform Specific Issues and Report Installation Issues.

tar.gz package

Download the source code

Download the latest tar.gz package from download page.

Note: if you are using Windows and you have no special need to compile it by yourself, look at install-binary-packge.

Run make and install

UNIX or Windows(mingw32, cygwin)

gzip -dc ruby-oci8-VERSION.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd ruby-oci8-VERSION
make
make install

note: If you use 'sudo', use it only when running 'make install'. 'sudo' doesn't pass library search path to the executing command for security reasons.

Windows(mswin32)

gzip -dc ruby-oci8-VERSION.tar.gz | tar xvf -
cd ruby-oci8-VERSION
nmake
nmake install