sublimetext3 Getting started with sublimetext3 Installation or Setup


Please note that continued use of Sublime Text requires that you purchase a license and you are asked to note the terms and conditions.

The process of installing Sublime Text is different for each platform, but in each case you need to visit the download page.

After installing ST3, it is common to install the package manager, Package Control.


For Mac, there is only one version of Sublime Text for OS X.

  1. Download .dmg file

  2. Open .dmg file

  3. Drag the Sublime Text 3 bundle into the Applications folde

  4. To create a symbolic link to use at the command line issue the following command at the terminal:

    ln -s "/Applications/Sublime" /usr/local/bin/subl


For Windows, both 64-bit and 32-bit versions are available, portable and non-portable. You should be able to run the 64-bit version if you are using a modern version of Windows. If you are having trouble running the 64-bit version, try the 32-bit version.

Portable or Not Portable? Sublime Text comes in two flavors for Windows: normal, and portable. Most users should be better served by a normal installation. Use the portable version only if you know you need it.

Normal installations separate data between two folders: the installation folder proper, and the data directory (user-specific directory for data). Normal installations also integrate Sublime Text with Windows Explorer's context menu.

Portable installations keep all files needed by Sublime Text in a single folder. This folder can be moved around and the editor will still work.

How to Install the Normal Version of Sublime Text

  1. Download the installer
  2. Double click on the installer

How to Install the Portable Version of Sublime Text

  1. Download the compressed files

  2. Unzip them to a folder of your choice

You will find the sublime_text.exe executable inside that folder.


For Linux, run this command in your terminal to check your operating system’s type:

uname -m

You can download the package and uncompress it manually. Alternatively, you can use the command line.


  • For i386

    cd ~
  • For x64

    cd ~

Other Linux Distributions

  • For i386

    cd ~
    tar vxjf sublime_text_3_build_3083_x32.tar.bz2
  • For x64

    cd ~
    tar vxjf sublime_text_3_build_3083_x64.tar.bz2

Now we should move the uncompressed files to an appropriate location.

sudo mv Sublime\ Text\ 3 /opt/
Lastly, we create a symbolic link to use at the command line.

sudo ln -s /opt/Sublime\ Text\ 3/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime

In Ubuntu, if you also want to add Sublime Text to the Unity launcher, do the following:

First, create a new file.

sudo sublime /usr/share/applications/sublime.desktop

Copy the following into it.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Sublime Text 3
# Only KDE 4 seems to use GenericName, so we reuse the KDE strings.
# From Ubuntu's language-pack-kde-XX-base packages, version 9.04-20090413.
GenericName=Text Editor

Icon=/opt/Sublime Text 3/Icon/48x48/sublime_text.png

[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window
Exec=sublime -n

If you’ve registered your copy of Sublime Text, but every time you open it you’re asked to enter your license, you should try running this command.

sudo chown -R username:username /home/username/.config /sublime-text-3

Replace username with your account’s username. This should fix the permission error in the case that you opened up Sublime Text as root when you first entered the license.