Installing Package Manager On Sublime Text

Nov 17, 2014

That's right, I am going to blog about how to set-up a text editor !! As easy and dumb it sounds, believe me, this is not your ordinary text editor. You must be living under a stone to not have heard about this new Text editor that has taken Developer community by a storm. I am talking about the sophisticated, amazingly fast and extremely extensible Text editor named "Sublime Text".

We are going to work with Version 3 of the text editor. For now Sublime Text 3 is in beta and few things might change. For me reason to do this blog series with new version is to keep the content more relevant over coming months/years. Benefits of this text editor are end less but following are few to name,

  • Cross Platform [Once you get used to it,you can use it between Mac/Windows/Linux
  • Enormously huge plug-in community, here
  • Extremely fast and fluid
  • Strange type of Trial-ware that does not expire !

We will be using Windows OS as our target for setting up and using the Sublime Text editor.

Download the Sublime Text Installer

Go to the website and download the Sublime Text Installer for Windows OS.

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Run the setup and click through the Wizard to finish the installation.

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Setting up the Package Manager

Open the newly installed editor. For those of you who have worked with notepad++ before, the interface might not look much different than notepad++ but it's not just another variation of same old editor.

Installing Sublime Text 3

As I mentioned in the beginning, one of the things that make Sublime Text so great is it's vast array of packages/extension. In order for you to manage these packages, in fact there is a package itself. So let's setup the package manager for Sublime Text.

Open Sublime Text editor and go to View > Show Console

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This will open a small command window at the bottom of the editor as below.

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Go to the Sublime Package Manager Installation page.

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Copy the appropriate Python code based on the version of Sublime Text you are trying to install and hit enter. Once that is done, let's verify that the package manager is running fine.

Open Command Palette by hitting, Ctrl + Shift + p and type Package. You should see following options for managing packages as below.

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You will find all the possible things you might have to do in terms of packages is available at your finger tips. There you have it, a newly installed Sublime Text which has Package Manager configured on it. If next blog post we will explore some of the packages that can help us in our day to day development tasks.

Have Fun !