Installation Guides

Bridgetown is software written in Ruby, a friendly programming language that maximizes programmer happiness and makes it easy to build and customize open source projects. You will need to install Bridgetown as a Gem after you set up your Ruby language environment. You will also need to install Node and Yarn to manage your website’s frontend assets.

For a quick summary of how to install Bridgetown, read Getting Started. What follows are more in-depth guides to setting up your developer or server environments.


If you don’t have some or all of these tools, our setup guides for macOS, Ubuntu Linux, and Ubuntu for Windows will help you install them.

  • GCC and Make (which you can check by running gcc -v,g++ -v and make -v).
  • Ruby version 2.5 or above (ruby version can be checked by running ruby -v)
  • Node version 10.13 or above (which you can check by running node -v)
  • Yarn (which you can check by running yarn -v)


For detailed installation instructions, take a look at the guide for your operating system:

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