My Sublime Text Setup

Now that I’ve been using Sublime Text full-time for a few months, I decided to put together a short post detailing my Sublime Text setup. Since converting from Coda 2 in the spring, Sublime Text has become my most indispensable development tool- I love its lightning-fast speed and infinitely extensible API.

Sublime Text currently has two versions: the older, stable Sublime Text 2 and the newer Sublime Text 3 which is in public beta. I’ve been using ST3 for a few months now; it offers a dramatic speed boost as well as a few new features. All of these plugins are ST3 compatible and all are installable via Package Control unless otherwise noted.


  • Theme: Nil - Flat, minimalist Sublime theme. By default, its folder labels are an ugly (IMO) purple color, but you can make them white by adding the following lines to your user preferences:
"disable_colored_folder_labels": true,
"disable_colored_group_labels": true,
  • Color Scheme: LastNight, a color scheme in the Dayle Rees Color Scheme package
  • Font: Adobe Source Code Pro, a very nice font for displaying code. After installing the font, you can set it as the display font in Sublime Text by adding the following line to your user preferences:
"font_face": "Source Code Pro",

All together, my setup looks like this:

Sublime Text setup

Code Formatting

Plugins that let you easily format various types of code.

  • BeautifyRuby- Plugin to format your Ruby code. Configurable to format when you run it manually or when you save a *.rb file. This plugin doesn’t seem to work by default out of PackageControl- to avoid getting errors, follow these instructions to configure it correctly.
  • JSFormat - Plugin to format your JavaScript code. Also configurable to run manually or automatically on save.
  • SassBeautify - Plugin to format your SASS code.
  • ScalaFormat - Plugin to format your Scala code.


Plugins that extend the basic functionality of Sublime Text.

  • Sublime SFTP - SFTP client/plugin for Sublime Text. Supports remote server browsing, save on upload, sync up/down, and more. Free to try; $20 for a license.
  • SublimeGit - Integrates a number of Git features smoothly into Sublime Text: diffs, status, commits, etc. Free to try; €10 (~$14) for a license.
  • SyncedSidebar - Small plugin that keeps the sidebar position (open folders, scrolling, etc.) in sync with the currently open file.
  • WakaTime - One of my favorite plugins. Automatically keeps track of your coding time on each project and stores/reports it via the website and (optionally) a weekly summary email. Very useful for time tracking/billing purposes, especially for freelancers.

Syntax Highlighting

Sublime Text includes highlighting for a number of different languages out of the box, but I’ve found a few additional syntax highlighting packages to be useful for specific frameworks and templates. Depending on which frameworks you spend your time in, your mileage may vary.

  • Better Coffeescript - Provides syntax highlighting for Coffeescript files, as well as a few extra features like automatic compilation.
  • Handlebars - Syntax highlighting and shortcuts for Handlebars.js templates.
  • Java Velocity - Syntax highlighting for Velocity templates, also useful for *.ssp files in Scala.
  • jQuery - Syntax highlighting and autocompletion for jQuery functions.
  • Less - Syntax highlighting for Less.js files (a CSS extension language).
  • PHP-Twig - Syntax highlighting for the Twig templating engine, used by default in Symfony2.

Writing Code

  • DocBlockr - Plugin to simplify writing documentation comments in a number of languages. Initiate a function comment with /** and return, and DocBlockr will open up and template out a documentation block for you.
  • Emmett - Very useful plugin that provides a number of shortcuts for writing HTML. Drastically increases your HTML coding speed once you’re used to the syntax.
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Zach Schneider

Zach Schneider

Rails, React, & Sundry