Useful Sublime packages

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I am a Sublime Text Editor fan. Before it, I was using TextMate a lot but right now I am working in Linux environments too, so I decide to switch to Sublime because is available in all platforms, is not Java, and the plugin ecosystem is pretty atractive.

Introducing Sublime Package Control

Sublime has a lot of additional features if you install packages, but for being able to do it in a much more comfortable way, the Sublime Package Control is a great approach. And what is that? It is a full-featured package manager that helps you discovering, installing, updating and removing packages.

Sublime Package Control

Installing the Sublime Package Control

In Sublime, open the console (Ctrl+`` orView>Show Console`) and paste the following snippet:

import urllib2,os;
pf='Package Control.sublime-package';
os.makedirs(ipp) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None;
open(os.path.join(ipp,pf),'wb').write(urllib2.urlopen(''+pf.replace(' ','%20')).read());
print 'Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation';

This command creates the Installed Packages folder for you (if necessary), and then downloads the Package Control.sublime-package into it.

Now, installing packages is really easy. Package Control is driven by the Command Pallete. To open the pallete, press Ctrl+Shift+P (Windows, Linux) or Cmd+Shift+P (OS X). All Package Control commands begin with Package Control:, so start by typing Package, so for installing a new package just type Package Control:Install Package and type the name there. That's all!

Useful packages


Django support.


Provides the following features:

  • Attempts to guess encoding of files.
  • Show encoding on status bar.
  • Show when the current document is maybe broken because was opened with an incorrect encoding.
  • Convert to UTF-8 from a variete of encodings organized in a menu.
  • Convert to UTF-8 quickly from guessed encoding via menuitem.
  • Convert to UTF-8 automatically when opening a file via some defined encodings found on User preferences.


Supports status, log viewing, diff viewing, blame, annotate, add files, commit and quick commit.


Allows you to select text in a Sublime Text 2 file, and see the highlighted lines on GitHub's remote repo, if one exists.


Checks Python files against some of the style conventions in PEP8.


Allows automatic Python source code checking by Pylint. Pylint needs to be installed separately.


Dead-simple alignment of multi-line selections and multiple selections. Align multiple selections to the same column by inserting spaces (or tabs) Align all lines in a multi-line selection to the same indent level Align the first = on each line of a multi-line selection to the same column.


Code intelligence plugin ported from Open Komodo Editor to Sublime Text 2. Supports PHP, Python, RHTML, JavaScript, Smarty, Mason, Node.js, XBL, Tcl, HTML, HTML5, TemplateToolkit, XUL, Django, Perl, Ruby, Python3.

Provides the following features:

  • Jump to Symbol Definition.
  • Jump to the file and line of the definition of a symbol.
  • Imports autocomplete.
  • Shows autocomplete with the available modules/symbols in real time.
  • Function Call tooltips.
  • Displays information in the status bar about the working function.


Allows you to clean and tidy up your HTML code.


Highlights lines of code the linter deems to contain (potential) errors. It also supports highlighting special annotations (for example: TODO) so that they can be quickly located. Built in linters for the following languages:

  • CoffeeScript - lint via coffee -s -l.
  • CSS - lint via built-in csslint.
  • Git Commit Messages - lint via built-in module based on A Note About Git Commit Messages.
  • Haml - lint via haml -c.
  • Java - lint via javac -Xlint.
  • Javascript - lint via built in jshint, jslint, or the closure linter (gjslint) (if installed).
  • Objective-J - lint via built-in capp_lint.
  • Perl - lint via Perl:Critic or syntax+deprecation checking via perl -c.
  • PHP - syntax checking via php -l.
  • Puppet - syntax checking via puppet parser validate.
  • Python - native, moderately-complete lint.
  • Ruby - syntax checking via ruby -wc.


Extracts and lists TODO comments from open files and project folders.


Highlights all copies of a word that's currently selected, or, optionally, highlights all copies of a word which currently has the insertion cursor upon it.


When installing a new package through the Package Control, there are some special ones named Themes. They will change the look and feel of Sublime. Just search them in Package Control:Install Packages with the string Theme - ThemeName. For activating the theme just open the User Settings Preferences file (Sublime Text 2 -> Preferences -> Settings - User`) and add, append or update the theme entry like this:

{"theme": "Soda Light.sublime-theme" }


Dark and light custom themes.