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Installing Watir via the gem utility

27 February, 2006

The install should be as simple as dropping into dos, cd to your Ruby folder and run the command:
gem install watir

Unfortunately it wasn’t that simple for me, we work via a proxy here so I had to tell the gem utility about it.

Running gem install when you are behind a proxy

Set the HTTP_PROXY environment variable.

set HTTP_PROXY=http://mycache:8080

You can now run:
gem install watir

Or you can pass the proxy information as a parameter to gem via the -p switch:

gem install watir -p http://mycache:8080

Gem will now go off download and install the latest Watir package, version 1.4.1 in my case. Be patient this can take some time depending on server load.

Categories: Watir
  1. 11 January, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    i love ram\’s!

  2. 3 June, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Great Second Option !
    worked for me. Thanks a lot

  3. Aruna
    2 February, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Hi ,
    I tried installing watir.Got following error:
    C:\ruby\bin>set HTTP_PROXY=http://web-proxy.us.com:8080
    C:\ruby\bin>gem install watir
    ERROR: While executing gem … (Gem::RemoteFetcher::FetchError)
    No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.
    – connect(2)(Errno::ECONNREFUSED)

    PLease help me to install

    Thanks in advance


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