Lime Text: An Open Source Alternative Of Sublime Text

Lime Text Open Source Alternative of Sublime Text Editor

Sublime Text is one of the best (if not best) text editor for programmers. Packed with numerous feature and great looking interface, Sublime is available for all three major desktop OS i.e. Windows, Mac and Linux.

But it is not that Sublime Text is perfect. There are bugs, crashes and almost no support. If you have been following Sublime Text development, you know that the beta version of Sublime Text has been out for more than a year now and there is no clear communication to users about its release date. And above all, Sublime Text is neither free nor Open Source.

All these issues also frustrated Fredrik Ehnbom and hence he started an Open Source project, Lime Text, on Github to make a new text editor which looks and works exactly the same way as Sublime Text. On the question of why he decided to “clone” an existing text editor, Frederic mentions:

As none of the other text editors I’ve tried come close to the love I had for Sublime Text, I decided I had to create my own.

Lime Text is built in Go for backend while the frontend is in ermbox, Qt (QML) and HTML/JavaScript. The development is in progress with clear goals in sight. You can contribute to the project on its Github page.

Lime Text Editor

If you want to try the beta version, you can build Lime Text by following the instructions on the wiki. Meanwhile, if you are looking for other powerful text editors, give SciTE a go.


  1. I really couldn’t care less about Sublime Text, as I am just too heavily invested in Emacs, which is more extensible and more powerful. But it is nice to see as Open alternative to an editor that has, for whatever reason, become so popular.

      • Monokai and the tabs look good in Sublime 3, but i sorely miss the “copy full file path” tab option, undo/redo buttons, and mouse-based bookmark toggling that Notepad++ has. In Notepad++ i always gravitate back to the default bright theme. Geany with Tinge is also pretty, but on Windows it lacks plugins like Compare that N++ also has.

  2. While I can undertand the criticism of Sublime Text’s lack of support and upgrades (if it’s justified), I still feel that the name Lime Text is infringing the original software’s trademarks and thus I’d say this Lime Text is just mere plagiarism.

    That’s kind of sad…

    • Well…. that’s another way of looking at it. I would leave that up to Sublime Text whether or not this is a infringement on their product or not. LimeText can obviously choose a different name later. They are inspired by Sublime and they don’t want to hide it :)


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