How to install Sublime Text on our Gnu / Linux distribution

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Code editors are increasingly popular programs, not only on Gnu / Linux distributions but also on other operating systems. It is true that Linux has two very powerful tools in this sector: Vim and Gedit. But sometimes these tools are not suited to the demands of developers, such as being multiplatform or having a friendly graphical interface.

Many developers have opted for the Sublime Text code editor, a paid code editor but can be used for free. Unlike other programs, Sublime Text allows you to download, install and use the program, but if we want a premium operation we have to pay for the license. The price of this license is around 70 dollars, something insignificant if we are developers but we can even use the code editor for a project and then pay for it.

Sublime Text not only offers compatibility with different programming languages ​​or be a cross-platform program it also allows us to work efficiently and quickly thanks to its functions and accessories. This may be the big difference compared to other programs like Gedit or Vim.

The creators of Sublime Text have created a deb package to be able to install the code editor in Ubuntu and / or Debian based distributions. In order to install it, we only have to download the package the official website of Sublime Text and use the command dpkg -i followed by the deb package. Or if we have Ubuntu, we can double click on the deb package.

But there are many users who do not use these distributions, for them, the Sublime Text installation would be done as follows:

  • We downloaded the tarball instead of the deb package.
  • Once downloaded, we unzip the package and place it on our home page.
  • Once unzipped, we execute the file called "sublime text" and we can use the desktop file to place it on the desktop.
  • If we use the desktop file, we must edit it and update it with the new address, otherwise it will not work.

If we follow these steps we can have Sublime Text working in our Gnu / Linux distribution, no need to depend on the deb package or an emulator like Wine. Now there is no excuse to edit code with Sublime Text on Linux, don't you think?

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  1.   Manual said

    I could never install sublime, but why not use a nano or vim that are cross-platform and most importantly free. But by force we want everything nice for free.