How to Install Sublime Text 3 on Ubuntu Linux

Brief: This tutorial shows several ways to install Sublime Text 3 on Ubuntu and other Linux distribution for free. Both GUI and command line ways have been discussed. 

Sublime Text is a cross-platform proprietary text editor that is available for Linux, Windows and macOS used for “code, markup and prose”. It has often been termed as the best code editor for a long time.

Sublime Text has been facing the tough competition due to new modern code editors like Atom and Visual Studio Code. Despite that, Sublime Text on Linux still has a good user base.

Method 1: Install Sublime Text on Ubuntu from Software Center

Installing Sublime Text on Ubuntu is way easier thanks to Snap support in Ubuntu Software Center. All you need to do is to search for Sublime Text in the software center and install it from there in a couple of clicks.

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Sublime Text is available in Ubuntu Software Center

Method 2: Install Sublime Text on any Linux distribution using Snap

What you get in Ubuntu Software Center can be achieved in the command line as well and it’s not limited to just Ubuntu.

If your Linux distribution has Snap support enabled, you can use this command to install Sublime Text.

sudo snap install sublime-text

Install Sublime Text on Ubuntu and other Linux [The Official Way]

If you do not like Snap packages, don’t worry. Packages and package repositories have been provided for major Linux distros.

Users of Debian, Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based Linux distribution such as Linux Mint, elementary OS etc, can follow the commands below to install Sublime Text 3.

Open a terminal and use the command below to install the GPG key.

wget -qO - https://download.sublimetext.com/sublimehq-pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add - 

After that, create add the repository in your sources.list.

echo "deb https://download.sublimetext.com/ apt/stable/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list

Now refresh the package list and install Sublime Text.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install sublime-text

For Arch, CentOS, Fedora and openSUSE, please follow the installation instructions on the page below:

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New Features in Sublime Text 3.0

After several years in beta, Sublime Text 3.0 was finally released last year. The stable version of Sublime Text 3 sees major changes seen in almost every aspect of version 2.0. According to the release statement, “virtually every aspect of the editor has been improved in some way, and even a list of the major changes would be too long.”

The major changes to be seen in Sublime Text 3.0 are the Goto Definition, the new UI, syntax highlighting engine and an expanded API. Spell-check and word wrapping work better now.

The release specifies that Sublime Text 3.0 has more performance when compared to Sublime Text 2 even though it is larger in size than 2. It now has a faster startup, scrolling is more efficient and files open faster.

General UI

  • The most prominent change here is the settings which now opens in a new window. The user and default settings stand side-by-side.
  • Image preview is added when opening images
  • A preview tab is created when previewing files from the sidebar
  • The status bar now displays encoding and line endings
  • Panel Switcher has been added to the status bar
  • When pressing ctrl+w, a tweaked window closing behavior is seen

OS Integration for Linux

  • Starting Sublime Text from the command line will daemonize the process by default
  • Sudo save has been added
  • Menu hiding now possible
  • Other fixes like the incorrect handling of double clicks in the Find panel and underscore display in some of the menus

Editor Control

  • An “Open URL” will show when you right-click on a URL
  • Word wrap behavior improved
  • Word navigation has been improved
  • Paste from History added
  • Autocomplete works as expected in macros
  • Spell checking word selection behavior has improved

You can check out all the Sublime Text 2.0 to 3.0 changes here.

Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free for unlimited time, however, a license must be purchased for continued use.

Sublime Text 3.0 already accepts license key for those who purchased it in February 2013. For those who have a license key for Sublime Text 1 or 2, they can purchase an upgrade.

In the end

I hope this tutorial helped you to install Sublime Text 3 on Linux. If you have any questions or suggestions, do let me know in the comment section below.

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