Standalone Package Installation

You can install Kubes as a standalone package. The nice thing about this approach is that it is easy. You don’t have to have Ruby installed. You don’t have to worry about compatible Ruby versions, gems, or conflicting system packages.

Kubes provides the pre-built binaries. Other tools such as vagrant, written in ruby, and the aws cli, written in python, also work the same way.

Important: If you’re using rvm or rbenv and already have Ruby installed, you should install kubes as a gem. Otherwise, different gem dependencies from the two installations can be used and cause all kinds of trouble.

Below are quickstart instructions for different OSes.


brew tap boltops-tools/software
brew install kubes

More info on Mac OSX Install


sudo su
curl -so /etc/yum.repos.d/boltops.repo
rpm --import
yum install -y kubes

More info on CentOS Install


sudo su
echo "deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/boltops.list
curl -s | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install -y kubes

More info on Ubuntu Install

Generated Wrapper

The standalone installer creates a wrapper script in /usr/local/bin.


Most users have /usr/local/bin configured in their PATH. So this wrapper should work immediately.

Important: If you have a wrapper in /usr/local/bin already, the installer will overwrite it.

How It Works

The standalone installer packages are built within a few minutes of the kubes gem release. Here are also details on how the standalone installer works: Standalone Details.