Sublime Text 2

Sublime Text 2 is one of the best editor for text, code, markup and prose which is available for $59 on OSX, Windows and Linux.
This cheatsheet is based on the Tuts+ online training by Jeffrey Way a editor fanatic who tried them all : Coda, TextMate, Vim.

Installation on Ubuntu or Elementary OS

Sublime Text 3 is in the works, still in beta. In the meantime you can install version 2.0.2, from a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text

But if you prefer you can download Sublime-Text2.0.2-x64.tar.bz2 from Sublime Text official site, Windows or OSX binaries are also there.

Killer features

  • Crtl + Shift + p Command Palette to limit mouse interaction
  • Crtl + D Multiple Cursors
  • Vintage Mode (Vim emulation).
  • Lightning fast.
  • Become the cool kids code editor, massive documentation.
  • Plugin community incredibility vibrant, package control allow you to install them in seconds.



Most used
Crtl + p File palet
Crtl + Shift + p Command Palette
Crtl + k + Crtl b toggle Sidebar on/off
Crtl + g goto line
Crtl + Shift + Up/Down move line up/down
Crtl + [ or Crtl + ] ident back and forth
Crtl +/- zoom in/out
Multiple Selection / Cursors
Right Click + Shift column selection, use Crtl/Alt to add/remove from selection
Crtl + D add the next occurrence of the current word to the selection
Crtl + Shift + L Select a block of lines, and then split it into many selections, one per line
Alt + F3 select all occurence of the current word
Crtl + F2 toggle
Crtl + Shift + F2 clear all
F2 next
shift + F2 previous
Crtl + l Select line
Crtl + Shift + i Incremental search
Crtl + Shift + k Kill line
Crtl + Return Return like if you were at end of line
Crtl + / Comment line

Rails tips & tricks

Install ERB Insert and Toggle Commands using Package Control, it gives you easy access to ERb tags, you just need to add the following to your user key bindings after installation to cycle thru Erb Tags with a simple key press:

    { "keys": ["ctrl+="], "command": "erb" }

Install RubyTest to run your Ruby tests from within Sublime Text 2 just by typing ctrl+shift+t.

See Michael Hartl docs on GitHub for more information.

Package Control

Sublime Package Control is a package manager to discover, install, update and remove packages for Sublime Text 2. It features an automatic upgrader and supports GitHub, BitBucket and a full channel/repository system. To install it follow this procedure :

  1. Open Sublime Text console with `crtl + ``

  2. Copy the following line to Sublime Text Console

    import urllib2,os; pf='Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp=sublime.installed_packages_path(); os.makedirs(ipp) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None; urllib2.install_opener(urllib2.build_opener(urllib2.ProxyHandler())); open(os.path.join(ipp,pf),'wb').write(urllib2.urlopen(''+pf.replace(' ','%20')).read()); print 'Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation'
  3. If you get urllib2.URLError: <urlopen error [Errno -2] Name or service not known>, you may have a bad proxy settings, remove it by adding the following Python line in the above script

  4. Restart Sublime Text

  5. Launch the Command Palet with Shift + Control + P and search for Package Control, you should get the following :

Note: If you type install in the Command Palet, you can easily install new packages. If you get no package, check your proxy settings or remove them with

    gconftool -R /system/http_proxy

If Package Control install fails silently, just remove the Package settings > Package control: user repositories you’ve configured.



This package offers a great way to manage your tasks as plain text files.

Crtl + shift + p / type task Start a new todo-list from Command Palet
Crtl + enter New task
Crtl + d Toggle done/undone
Crtl + m Toggle cancelled
Crtl + shift + A Archive all done tasks
Project: Anything that ends with : is a Projet
@feature Tags
- - + tab - - - ✄ - -
Crtl + Shit + up/down Re-order tasks
Crtl + r List of project

If you use DropBox and TaskPaper for iOS, you’ll be able to sync up your task to all your devices using the following PlainTask Configuration update :

   "open_tasks_bullet": "-",
   "done_tasks_bullet": "-",
   "date_format": "(%Y-%m-%d)",
   "translate_tabs_to_spaces": false,

Following Patch applied, for full TaskPaper compatibility.


Sometimes you press a key and the result surprise you, it’s maybe due to a binding conflict. The last settings always preval. To check for that you can use FindKeyConflicts Package.


If you are like me and are interested in Chef, a configuration management framework. You can install the Chef package that will add autocompletion for common Chef idioms.


My favorite color schemes for MultiMarkdown

  • Twilight : white text, brown titles, yellow bullets
  • Sunburst : big brown line for Headings
  • Monokai : Default one but not enough colorized details for MMD

Note : Solarized Dark and Light are the most popular ones following scientist studies that consider the best lighting for the night and the one the day.

Keyboard troubleshooting

Running Sublime Text 2 under VMware Fusion can sometimes be troublesome when it comes to Key bindings. To see what keys sublime gets from the OS, open the Python console from the View > Console menu and type