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by Lin Jen-Shin (godfat)


ripl plugins collection, take you want, leave you don't.


  • Tested with MRI 1.8.7, 1.9.2 and Rubinius 1.2.3, JRuby 1.6.0
  • ripl


gem install ripl-rc


If you don't know what is ripl, or just want to have an overview of what does ripl-rc do, then you can use it as a command line tool:

ripl rc

This can be used to run rails console, too. First install ripl-rails by gem install ripl-rails then run this:

ripl rc rails

Then you'll have a ripl-rc flavored rails console without setting anything (i.e. ~/.riplrc)

If you already know what is ripl, you might want to setup yourself, to be better control what you might want and what you might not want. Then checkout FEATURES for all plugins you can put in ~/.riplrc.

If you want to enable all plugins, the use this:

require 'ripl/rc'

Another thing which might worth to be mentioned is ripl/rc/anchor, which is a pry like feature built into ripl. You can embed two things into ripl, one is any object:

Ripl.anchor your_object_want_to_be_viewed_as_self

Another one is local binding inside a method:

Ripl.anchor binding

Then you can look through local variables inside a method with an interactive environment. Anchor could be nested, too. You can anchor another object inside a ripl session. The number shown in prompt is the level of anchors, started from 1.


Please read this blog post for other detail since I haven't had time to update this README... Sorry about that.


upon session ends:

  • require 'ripl/rc/squeeze_history'

Which squeezes the same input in history, both in memory and history file.

  • require 'ripl/rc/mkdir_history'

Which calls mkdir -p on directory which contains history file. For example, I put my irb_history in an directory might not exist before use: ~/.config/irb/irb_history

  • require 'ripl/rc/ctrld_newline'

Ruby 1.9.2 has no this problem in irb, but 1.8 and ripl do. When hitting ctrl+d to exit ripl, it would print a newline instead of messing up with shell prompt.

upon exception occurs:

  • require 'ripl/rc/last_exception'

We can't access $! for last exception because input evaluation is not in the block which rescues the exception, neither can we update $! because it's a read only pseudo global variable.

This plugin makes last rescued exception stored in Ripl.last_exception

upon formatting output:

  • require 'ripl/rc/strip_backtrace'

ripl prints the full backtrace upon exceptions, even the exceptions come from interactive environment, making it very verbose. This ripl plugin strips those backtrace.

  • require 'ripl/rc/color'

There's ripl-color_result that make use of <a href="https://github.com/michaeldv/awesome_print">awesome_print</a>, <a href="http://coderay.rubychan.de/">coderay</a>, or <a href="https://github.com/janlelis/wirb">wirb</a>. The problem of awesome_print is it's too awesome and too verbose, and the problem of coderay and wirb is that they are both parser based. In ripl, this should be as simple as just print different colors upon different objects, instead of inspecting it and parsing it.

ripl/rc/color just uses a hash with Class to color mapping to pick up which color should be used upon a ruby object.

To customize the color schema, inspect Ripl.config[:rc_color]

upon input:

  • require 'ripl/rc/multiline'

I need some modification on ripl-multi_line to make prompt work better, but not sure if I can come up a good fix and try to convince the author to accept those patches. So I just bundle and maintain it on my own. If you're using ripl-rc, you could use this plugin, otherwise, keep using ripl-multi_line.

  • require 'ripl/rc/eat_whites'

irb will just give you another prompt upon an empty input, while ripl would show you that your input is nil. I don't like this, because sometimes I'll keep hitting enter to separate between inspects. This plugin would skip inspect if the input is empty just like irb.

special tool:

  • require 'ripl/rc/anchor'

So this is my attempt to emulate pry in ripl. Instead trying to make pry support irb_history, colorizing, etc., I think implement pry like feature in ripl is a lot easier. No need to be fancy, I just need the basic functionality.

To use it, use: <pre><code>Ripl.anchor your_object_want_to_be_viewed_as_self</code></pre> or <pre><code>Ripl.anchor binding</code></pre> in your code. Other than pry ripl support, you might be interested in <a href="https://github.com/cldwalker/ripl-rails">ripl-rails</a> and <a href="https://github.com/cldwalker/ripl-hijack">ripl-hijack</a>, too.

about config:

  • require 'ripl/rc/noirbrc'

By default ripl is reading ~/.irbrc. I don't think this is what people still using irb would want, because the configuration is totally different. This suppress that, make it only read ~/.riplrc

for lazies:

  • require 'ripl/rc'

This requires anything above for you, and is what ripl rc and ripl rc rails shell commands did.


Apache License 2.0

Copyright (c) 2010, Lin Jen-Shin (godfat)

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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