My Sublime Text 2 Config

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Sublime Text 2 has been my editor of choice for about a year now. It's a great piece of software, but gradually I've been adding my own config options to make it just that little bit nicer for working with on a daily basis. I like it, and the guys in the office like it enough that it's the default config on our pairing machines at the moment.

Launching Sublime from the command-line

Sublime comes with a command-line tool named subl. For convenience, create a symlink to a directory that is in your $PATH. I have /usr/local/bin in my path, so I have a symlink that allows me to use sublime some_file.txt:

ln -s "/Applications/Sublime Text" /usr/local/bin/sublime


If you want to make Sublime your default editor for things like git commit messages etc. Drop this into ~/.profile:

export EDITOR='sublime -w'

User Preferences

A summary of my preferences: Soft tabs, 2 characters wide; White on Black text theme; Auto save when window loses focus; Trim unwanted whitespace.

Add the following snippet to Preferences -> File Settings - User:

  "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Twilight.tmTheme",
  "font_face": "Monaco",
  "font_size": 12,
  "draw_white_space": "selection",
  "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
  "tab_size": 2,
  "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
  "tab_completion": true,
  "save_on_focus_lost": true,
  "highlight_line": true
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