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My Sublime Text 3 setup.

Sublime Text 3 Setup

Install Package Control

Install Package Control for easy package management.

  1. Open the console with Ctrl+`
  2. Paste in the following:
import urllib.request,os; pf = 'Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp = sublime.installed_packages_path(); urllib.request.install_opener( urllib.request.build_opener( urllib.request.ProxyHandler()) ); open(os.path.join(ipp, pf), 'wb').write(urllib.request.urlopen( '' + pf.replace(' ','%20')).read())

From here on out, use Package Control to install everything. +Shift+P, then type Install to get a list of installable packages you can livesearch through. Watch the Status Bar for installation progress.

Add Some Style

Install Soda Theme for some UI customisations. You'll need to restart Sublime after installation for the changes to take effect.

I prefer the classic tab styles and install the Expresso Soda and Monokai Soda colour schemes.

Add Some Useful Packages

All installed with Package Manager. +Shift+P and type install. Then start typing the name of the extension you want to install.


  • SideBarEnhancements Provides enhancements to the operations on Sidebar of Files and Folders.
  • SublimeCodeIntel - Full-featured code intelligence and smart autocomplete engine.
  • AdvancedNewFile - Fast file creation within a project.
  • Nettuts+ Fetch - Fetch the latest version of remote files and zip packages.
  • Gist - Gist management.Create, read, update, and delete gists from within Sublime.
  • [ApplySyntax](Provides a real-time Word Count and character count in the status-bar) - Better syntax detection.
  • Alignment - Easy alignment of multiple selections and multi-line selections.
  • DocBlockr - Simplifies writing DocBlock comments in Javascript, PHP, CoffeeScript, Actionscript, C & C++.


  • Emmet - (Formerly Zen Coding) For lightning fast coding.
  • SublimeLinter - Coming soon. Code linting & hinting for HTML/CSS/JS.
  • Sass - Adds syntax highlighting and tab/code completion for Sass and SCSS files. Also features Emmet shortcuts for many CSS properties.


  • GitGutter tracks line changes in the gutter.
  • Modific - Highlight lines changed since the last commit.


  • MarkdownEditing - Better Markdown editing from within Sublime.
  • Markdown Preview - Preview and build your markdown files quickly in your web browser from sublime text 2/3.
  • SmartMarkdown - Some useful shortcuts for working with Markdown in Sublime. Brings better integration with Pandoc.
  • WordCount - Provides a real-time Word Count and character count in the status-bar.



Apache Conf

  • ApacheConf - For editing .htaccess and .conf files.

Add Some Colour

Settings - User

Accessible via: SublimeTextPreferencesSettings – User, or with +`,'.'

This is a JSON file of custom user configuration settings. Kept in alphabetical order for easy reference.

Note: As a JSON file no comments can be included. Any you add will be stripped out on saving.

    "auto_complete": true,
    "auto_complete_commit_on_tab": true,
    "auto_complete_with_fields": true,
    "bold_folder_labels": false,
    "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Solarized (Dark).tmTheme",
    "default_encoding": "UTF-8",
    "detect_indentation": true,
    "font_face": "Menlo",
    "font_size": 12.0,
    "highlight_line": true,
    "highlight_modified_tabs": true,
    "line_padding_bottom": 1,
    "line_padding_top": 1,
    "soda_classic_tabs": true,
    "soda_folder_icons": false,
    "tab_size": 4,
    "theme": "Soda Light 3.sublime-theme",
    "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
    "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
    "word_wrap": true,

A complete list of Settings can be referenced in SublimeTextPreferencesSettings – Default.

Override any which aren't to your taste.

Key Bindings - User

Accessible via: SublimeTextPreferencesKey Bindings – User.

Key bindings are the productivity engine which allow you to become one with your text editor. I try to stick with all the defaults to make for an easy install and less chance of potential future clashes. The following are a few small edits I make along with some package specific controls:

    // Reveal the currently open file in the sidebar
    { "keys": ["ctrl+super+r"], "command": "reveal_in_side_bar" },

    // AdvancedNewFile
    { "keys": ["ctrl+alt+n"], "command": "advanced_new_file_new" },

    // Create a new snippet [Jeffrey Way]
    { "keys": ["alt+super+n"], "command": "new_snippet" },

    // Open iTerm
    { "keys": ["ctrl+alt+t"], "command": "open_terminal" },

    // Select (or type) the syntax to apply to the current view.
    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+y"], "command": "show_overlay", "args": {"overlay": "command_palette", "text": "Set Syntax: "} },

    // swap the keybindings for paste and paste_and_indent
    { "keys": ["super+v"], "command": "paste_and_indent" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+v"], "command": "paste" },

    // [HTMLPrettify] Format your HTML, CSS, and JS
    { "keys": ["super+shift+h"], "command": "htmlprettify" },

    // Close tag
    { "keys": ["super+."], "command": "close_tag" },

    // Alignment
    { "keys": ["super+shift+a"], "command": "alignment" },

    // Wrap selection in tag
        "keys"      :   ["alt+shift+t"],
        "command"   :   "insert_snippet",
        "args": {
            "contents": "<${1:p}>${0:$SELECTION}</${1}>"


More info on Key Bindings can be found in the unofficial docs.

Sublime from the Command Line

Sublime Text includes a command line tool which you just need to symlink up so that it's in your PATH file. In Sublime Text 3 simply copy this into a terminal session:

ln -s "/Applications/Sublime" ~/bin/subl

Then you can open files in Sublime Text from the command line with:

subl my_file.txt

Replacing my_file.text with the name of the file or folder you wish to open in Sublime Text.

Sublime Text Dropbox Sync

If you switch between Macs at home and work then syncing via Dropbox is a huge time saver. To do this you only need to symlink your Packages and Installed Packages directories to a location in your Dropbox. Then symlink on the device your setting up to sync with those folders on Dropbox.

Always make sure you backup your Packages and Installed Packages folders first - just in case anything goes wrong.

So, once I have Sublime Text 3 installed on my MacBook Pro, I just need to create a symlink for both my Packages and Installed Packages directories in my Dropbox folder:

ln -s ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages ~/Dropbox/Sync/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages

ln -s ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Installed\ Packages ~/Dropbox/Sync/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Installed\ Packages

Then on my MacBook Air I just need to install Sublime Text 3 (basic install with none of the above) and tell it to look in Dropbox for the Package information:

ln -s ~/Dropbox/Sync/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Packages

ln -s ~/Dropbox/Sync/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Installed\ Packages ~/Library/Application\ Support/Sublime\ Text\ 3/Installed\ Packages

Now whenever you tweak any settings or install any new packages the changes will be applied to all shared computers.

Useful Shortcuts

Follow my other gist for useful Sublime Text shortcuts (on a Mac). Commit these to muscle memory and you'll amaze and scare your friends and colleagues with your crazy text editor wizardry.

Learn the Basics

Make sure you get familiar with the extremely useful Find in Files feature along with Fuzzy searches.

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