I use several plugins every day in Sublime Text 3 that I’ve grown very used to having, and now find I couldn’t work without them. I last updated this post on April 21, 2016.

  • Package Control
    • This one is essential for any Sublime Text user, and makes installing other plugins very simple and fast.
  • Git, SidebarGit, or SublimeGit (commercial) from Package Control
    • All can be used together, or just pick the one you prefer
  • GitGutter
  • SublimeLinter - I use these sub-plugins:
    • SublimeLinter-php
    • SublimeLinter-jshint (Requires Node.js, npm install -g jshint)
  • DocBlockr
  • Markdown Preview
  • XDebug Client

Code formatting is also nice sometimes, these are great for that:

  • HTML-CSS-JS Prettify
  • Indent XML
  • JsFormat

And if you’re using languages not natively supported by Sublime, here are some great packages:

  • SCSS
  • LESS
  • INI
  • ApacheConf.tmLanguage

I use the Soda Dark theme, installable via Package Control, with a modified Monokai color scheme that increases the contrast.

Here’s my User Preferences file, with the parts requiring custom packages removed:

    "auto_complete_commit_on_tab": true,
    "auto_find_in_selection": true,
    "auto_match_enabled": true,
    "copy_with_empty_selection": true,
    "default_line_ending": "unix",
    "ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save": true,
    "font_face": "Menlo",
    "font_options": [
    "font_size": 9,
    "highlight_line": true,
    "highlight_modified_tabs": true,
    "ignored_packages": [
    "save_on_focus_lost": true,
    "shift_tab_unindent": true,
    "show_encoding": true,
    "show_full_path": true,
    "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
    "word_wrap": true

This used to, but no longer includes my absolute favorite code font, ProFont, designed to be incredibly readable at small sizes. Use ProFontIIx if you’re on Mac, it’s beautiful. I’ve since switched to Menlo, because I’m working longer days and can’t focus on tiny text that long anymore :(

Also note the save_on_focus_lost option, which does exactly what it says it will.

I also have custom hotkeys for SublimeGit commands, which I have bound to G-keys on my Logitech keyboards, as well as re-bindings of Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab that make more sense to me.

Windows keymap:

    { "keys": ["ctrl+,"], "command": "open_file", "args": {"file": "$packages/User/Preferences.sublime-settings"} },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+alt+p"], "command": "prompt_select_workspace" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+k", "ctrl+m"], "command": "toggle_minimap" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+tab"], "command": "next_view" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+tab"], "command": "prev_view" },

    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+g", "l"], "command": "git_pull" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+g", "p"], "command": "git_push" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+g", "a"], "command": "git_add_current_file" },
    { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+g", "s"], "command": "git_status" }

OS X keymap, including adjustments to Home and End keys:

    { "keys": ["super+k", "super+m"], "command": "toggle_minimap" },
    { "keys": ["super+tab"], "command": "next_view" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+tab"], "command": "prev_view" },

    { "keys": ["super+shift+g", "l"], "command": "git_pull" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+g", "p"], "command": "git_push" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+g", "a"], "command": "git_add_current_file" },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+g", "s"], "command": "git_status" },

    { "keys": ["home"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "bol"} },
    { "keys": ["end"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "eol"} },
    { "keys": ["shift+end"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "eol", "extend": true} },
    { "keys": ["shift+home"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "bol", "extend": true } },
    { "keys": ["super+home"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "bof"} },
    { "keys": ["super+end"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "eof"} },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+home"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "bof", "extend": true} },
    { "keys": ["super+shift+end"], "command": "move_to", "args": {"to": "eof", "extend": true} }