When I execute apt-get install ruby-full ruby-dev I am getting ruby 2.3. I want ruby 1.9.3.

How do I get it to install ruby 1.9.3?

I'm using Ubuntu 16.0.4 Xenial.

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    I'm voting to reopen the question because there's no Ruby v1.9.* shipped through Xenial's repositories as far as I can tell. A better duplicate would be How to find and install latest Ruby version using RVM? whose accepted answer can be used to install any Ruby version. Apr 27, 2017 at 17:14
  • instead of using apt-get for provisioning the ruby install I think I'll use RVM
    – David West
    Apr 27, 2017 at 17:50
  • use a ruby version manager, such as rbenv. Jul 3, 2018 at 0:03

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You didn't mentioned which version of Ubuntu you are using, anyway based on the version of ruby you are getting: 2.3 I guess you are running xenial or something newer that of that.

If you search for the package you are looking for at Ubuntu Packages, you will see that your desired version 1.9.3 only exist in trusty; so you simply can't install or downgrade it from 2.3 to 1.9.3 because it does not exist in any of your running Ubuntu repositories.

So what you can do is installing it from a third party PPA, the closest thing to your desired version which I found is Brightbox Ruby PPA, they have compiled 1.9.1 for all available Ubuntu versions from lucid to yakkety; They have a source package for zesty but they didn't compile it yet.

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