[ruby] How to remove RVM (Ruby Version Manager) from my system

How can I remove RVM (Ruby Version Manager) from my system?

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The answer is


Remove the RVM load script from /.bash_rc or /.zsh_rc, then use:

rm -rf /.rvm

Or:

rvm implode

Run:

rvm implode

Now you need to uninstall the RVM gem using:

gem uninstall rvm

Check if there are any remaining RVM files in your home directory, if yes remove them.

Go to the home directory and list all hidden files:

ls -a

rm  .rvm
rm  .rvmrc

If you're still getting a env: ruby_executable_hooks: No such file or directory when calling some Ruby package, that means RVM left a little gift for you in your $PATH.

Run the following to find the offending scripts:

grep '#!/usr/bin/env ruby_executable_hooks' /usr/local/bin/*

Then rm all the matches. You'll have to reinstall all of those libraries with an RVM-free gem, of course.


A lot of people do a common mistake of thinking that 'rvm implode' does it . You need to delete all traces of any .rm files . Also , it will take some manual deletions from root . Make sure , it gets deleted and also all the ruby versions u installed using it .


When using implode and you see:

Psychologist intervened, cancelling implosion, crisis avoided :)

Then you may want to use --force

rvm implode --force

Then remove RVM from the following locations:

rm -rf /usr/local/rvm
sudo rm /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh
sudo rm /etc/rvmrc
sudo rm ~/.rvmrc

Check the following files and remove or comment out references to RVM:

~/.bashrc 
~/.bash_profile 
~/.profile 
~/.zshrc
~/.zlogin

Comment-out/remove the following lines from /etc/profile:

 source /etc/profile.d/sm.sh
 source /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh

/etc/profile is a read-only file so use:

sudo vim /etc/profile

And after making the change write using a bang!

:w!

Finally re-login/restart your terminal.


If the other answers don’t remove RVM throughly enough for you, RVM’s Troubleshooting page contains this section:

How do I completely clean out all traces of RVM from my system, including for system wide installs?

Here is a custom script which we name as cleanout-rvm. While you can definitely use rvm implode as a regular user or rvmsudo rvm implode for a system wide install, this script is useful as it steps completely outside of RVM and cleans out RVM without using RVM itself, leaving no traces.

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/sudo rm -rf $HOME/.rvm $HOME/.rvmrc /etc/rvmrc /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh /usr/local/rvm /usr/local/bin/rvm
/usr/bin/sudo /usr/sbin/groupdel rvm
/bin/echo "RVM is removed. Please check all .bashrc|.bash_profile|.profile|.zshrc for RVM source lines and delete
or comment out if this was a Per-User installation."

In addition to @tadman's answer I removed the wrappers in /usr/local/bin as well as the file /etc/profile.d/rvm.

The wrappers include:

erb
gem
irb
rake
rdoc
ri
ruby
testrb

For other shell newbies trying to fix the PATH variable

After following instructions in accepted answer, check and modify your PATH variable if necessary :

env | grep PATH 

if you see "rvm" anywhere, you need to figure out where you are setting PATH and modify. I was setting it in 3 files - so check all the following files:

vim .bashrc  

Delete the lines in the file referencing rvm using the dd command. :wq to save and exit.
source .bashrc to "reload"

Repeat this process (starting with the vim command) for .profile and .bash_profile


Per RVM's troubleshooting documentation "How do I completely clean out all traces of RVM from my system, including for system wide installs?":

Here is a custom script which we name as 'cleanout-rvm'. While you can definitely use rvm implode as a regular user or rvmsudo rvm implode for a system wide install, this script is useful as it steps completely outside of RVM and cleans out RVM without using RVM itself, leaving no traces.

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/sudo rm -rf $HOME/.rvm $HOME/.rvmrc /etc/rvmrc /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh /usr/local/rvm /usr/local/bin/rvm
/usr/bin/sudo /usr/sbin/groupdel rvm
/bin/echo "RVM is removed. Please check all .bashrc|.bash_profile|.profile|.zshrc for RVM source lines and delete or comment out if this was a Per-User installation."

Note that if you installed RVM via apt-get, you have to run some further steps than rvm implode or apt-get remove ruby-rvm to get it to really uninstall.

See "Installing RVM on Ubuntu".


I am running Ubuntu 19.04 and followed all the instructions above and then some. Finally, what worked for me was to run

sudo apt autoremove rvm

and now when I try and reinstall RVM it's actually gone. RVM is invasive, to say the least.


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