Launch Sublime Text 3 from the Mac OS X Terminal
Sublime Text 3 ships with a CLI called subl (why not "sublime", go figure). This utility is hidden in the following folder (assuming you installed Sublime in
/Applications like normal folk. If this following line opens Sublime Text for you, then bingo, you're ready.
open /Applications/Sublime\ Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl
You can find more (official) details about subl here: http://www.sublimetext.com/docs/3/osx_command_line.html
The official documentation I linked to above recommends creating a ~/bin folder (in your home directory). That's weird, I don't recall ever being asked to do that on OS X since most people install binaries within
/usr/local/bin which – if you're a developer – is likely to already have tons of other binaries.
So contrary to the Sublime team recommendation, we're not going to create a
bin folder in your home directory:
ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl /usr/local/bin/sublime
This will simply create a symlink called
sublime (remember, we like names that don't suck to type 500 times a day) between the
subl binary stashed in the Sublime application package, and a folder where your system usually looks for binaries to execute (launch). Think of it as a wormhole of awesome.
Now let's do a check to see if everything will run smoothly. Enter this:
You should see at the top of the file a line that starts with:
This contains all the directories that will be looked into for executable binaries when you type a command in Terminal. Since we create a symlink to
sublime in the
/usr/local/bin directory let's check if this directory is listed on that same line.
If it is, perfect. Let's keep going. If not, simply add it like this and save the file:
Note: The "(...)" in this example represents other folders that would be listed on the same line and separated by a colon.
If you had to add
/usr/local/bin to your PATH, run the following command before continuing:
This will reload your
.bash_profile with the newly added directory.
Open a Terminal window and run:
sublime filename (replace "filename" by an actual file name)
sublime foldername (replace "foldername" by an actual folder name)
sublime . (to open the entire current directory)
Now you don't need to get out of Terminal to simply open a file or a folder, you didn't have to add an "alias" or yet another bin directory to your
.bash_profile which you would have needed with the official instructions given by the Sublime team.
Have fun, Sublime is a great editor showing a lot of promise.