25 Sublime Text 3 Packages for Polyglot Programmers

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A recap and showcase of 25 Sublime Text 3 packages I use on a day to day basis as a developer who uses multiple technologies.

It’s 2017, so chances are you know more than 1 programming language and most web based projects tend to require looking at a number of different file types.

If you’re wondering why I use Sublime, then check out my post on Why Sublime Text 3 Is Still My Preferred Code Editor.

Update:

It’s 25+ packages now and I’ve also included a link directly to my Sublime Text 3 Packages GitHub repo so you can set everything up in seconds if you want to.

What Do I Use Sublime For?

I find myself bouncing around projects while doing consulting work and these are the main file types I deal with:

Programming Languages and Web Frameworks

  • Python / Flask
  • Ruby / Ruby on Rails
  • Elixir / Phoenix

Templating Languages

  • Jinja2
  • ERB
  • Liquid
  • EEx

General Web Development

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SCSS
  • JavaScript
  • JSON

General System Admin and Operations Tasks

  • Git
  • .env
  • Bash
  • YAML
  • Markdown
  • INI
  • Docker
  • nginx configs

Package List

Each package is linked to its official GitHub repo and the link name is the package name itself if you want to install it directly with Package Control.

There’s screenshots at the bottom of the post as well as a way to install everything quickly.

Theme

When it comes to my code editor’s theme, looks do matter.

Theme - Boxy

Boxy comes with a number of color variations, awesome sidebar icons and more. I personally use the Boxy Ocean color variant as you’ll see in the screenshots section.

General Packages

Here’s a list of packages that are useful no matter what stack you use.

Terminal

Rather than try to mimic a terminal inside of Sublime this handy package lets you launch your system’s terminal through Sublime.

You have the option of using a hotkey to launch a terminal at the path of the current file you’re editing, or you can right click anywhere in your sidebar.

Gist

In about 60 seconds you’ll be set up to be able to post both public or private gists. You can gist a full file, or selected text.

It even supports updating gists and multiple files.

GitGutter

Ever wondered which lines in a file are different vs what’s been commit to git?

If so, this is the package for you because it will render icons in your gutter to show you different types of changes.

SideBarEnhancements

The default sidebar right click menu in Sublime is decent but this package takes it to the next level by supplying a number of handy features.

Zeal

Requires installing Zeal (check the link below)

Zeal is a free offline documentation viewer. You can find documentation for about 200 technologies and it stays up to date. You can pick what you want installed.

This package integrates things with Sublime so all you have to do is mouse over a function or word in your editor and hit a hotkey to launch its documentation.

If you’re on OSX you can use Dash instead.

MarkdownEditing

Without question, this is the best Markdown experience I’ve seen in any editor.

It’s one of the more interesting Sublime packages I’ve seen because it alters the code editing experience in a fun but familiar way.

WordCount

When writing blog posts it’s useful to know how many words your article is.

This package does that along with calculating how many pages it is and even includes an average read time too. It’s quite intelligent for picking out words from Markdown and is very configurable.

Smart Title Case

When writing blog posts or guides I often prefer a certain type of title case.

This package will convert “This is a pretty cool title” to “This Is a Pretty Cool Title” based on the NY Times manual of style. You just select the title and hit a hotkey, it couldn’t be easier.

Web Development Packages

Most of these packages are front end and template related.

Gutter Color

Requires installing Imagemagick (check the README linked above)

It’s useful to be able to see what colors your CSS and SCSS are at a glance. This package draws a color preview in the gutter when it find a line that contains a color.

HTML5

This package adds syntax coloring and snippet support for HTML5 elements.

Bootstrap 3 snippets

I don’t know about you, but I always end up referencing Bootstrap’s documentation for certain components.

That lifestyle is a thing of the past because this package adds a bunch of snippets to easily access every Bootstrap 3 component.

SCSS

This package adds syntax coloring and snippet support for SCSS.

Jinja2

This package adds syntax coloring and snippet support for Jinja2.

ERB Snippets

This package adds syntax coloring and snippet support for ERB.

Elixir

This package adds syntax coloring and snippet support for Elixir and EEx.

System Admin and Operations Packages

Having a neck-beard isn’t mandatory to enjoy these packages.

DotENV

This package adds syntax highlighting support for .env files.

INI

This package adds syntax highlighting support for INI files.

Dockerfile Syntax Highlighting

This package adds syntax highlighting support for Docker files.

nginx

This package adds syntax highlighting support for nginx config files.

Linters

A linter helps you detect errors and warnings in your code base.

SublimeLinter

This package is more like a base framework for other packages to use. This is the defacto standard linting base package to use with Sublime.

You would combine this package with specific linters (listed below).

SublimeLinter-shellcheck

Requires installing shellcheck (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your bash scripts for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-html-tidy

Requires installing tidy (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your HTML for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-csslint

Requires installing csslint (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your CSS for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-contrib-scss-lint

Requires installing scss_lint (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your SCSS for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-jshint

Requires installing jshint (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your JavaScript for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-json

Requires installing jshint (check the README linked above)

This linter will check your JSON for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-flake8

Requires installing flake8 (check the README linked above)

This linter will check Python files for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-rubocop

Requires installing rubocop (check the README linked above)

This linter will check Ruby files for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

SublimeLinter-contrib-elixirc

Requires installing Elixir (check the README linked above)

This linter will check Elixir files for syntax errors and visually warn you if it finds anything questionable.

Screenshots

Text is nice to read, but being able to see how these packages work without having to install them yourself is even better.

Here’s a few screenshots that show off some of the packages:

Jinja

In addition to syntax highlighting it also includes a bunch of snippets.

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JavaScript linting

Pay close attention to the status bar text. That is happening in real-time.

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Markdown

The text is auto-centered for less distractions while writing.

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Zeal

Highlight a keyword and hit a hotkey. It pops up for any language / keyword!

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Python

Notice the lack of a colon is causing the linter to yell at us.

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Git Gutter

Changes to the file which differ from the git history will show up in the gutter.

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Terminal

Launch a terminal at the current file or anywhere in the sidebar (hotkeys work too).

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Set Everything Up in Seconds

If you like what you see, you can set all of this up in seconds by heading over to my Sublime Text 3 Packages GitHub repo. Follow the instructions in the README file.

What’s your favorite Sublime Text 3 package? Let me know below.

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