As I’m working in the OSX Terminal more and more these days, I'm always on the lookout for time saving shortcuts.
A really useful tip that I picked up recently from Zander Martineau is how to open up Sublime Text straight from the Terminal. This is done by hooking into a CLI utility that Sublime provides called subl.
It’s a slightly different installation depending on whether you’re using Sublime Text 2 or 3, so I’ll split the two out below in the installaton; simply refer to the instructions that are relevant to you.
Assuming you installed Sublime in the Applications folder, the following command should open up the editor when you type it into the Terminal:
open /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ 2.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl
open /Applications/Sublime\ Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl
If that worked, you're good to go.
You now need to create a symlink called
sublime which links the subl CLI to a folder where your system usually looks to execute these binaries. To do this, type in:
ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ 2.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl /usr/local/bin/sublime
ln -s "/Applications/Sublime Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl" /usr/local/bin/sublime
The final thing you need to do, is to check that your system profile is looking in the right place to see the symlink you have just created.
Enter the following command into your Terminal:
Note that in some cases the profile may be called
This should open up your profile in a text editor. What you’re looking for is a line towards the top of the file that starts with
export PATH=. Your
PATH contains all the directories that will be checked for executable binaries when you type a command into your Terminal. Since we created a symlink in the
/usr/local/bin folder, we want to make sure that that folder is being checked too.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to see something similar to this:
If not, simply add this folder to your
PATH and save the file.
(...) in this example represents other folders that would be listed on the same line and separated by a colon.
If you don't already have a
PATH set in your bash_profile you can type the following on a new line:
Finally, if you did have to add
/usr/local/bin to your
PATH, run the following command before continuing:
This will reload your .bash_profile with the newly added directory in your
In your Terminal, the following commands should now work:
sublime . – opens the current directory in Sublime
sublime filename – opens a file where
filename is the file to be opened
sublime foldername – opens a folder where
foldername is the folder to be opened
And there you have it – you can now open any file or folder in Sublime straight from the Terminal.
Thanks and credit for this great solution again goes to Artero. If you have any problems getting it working, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Article posted on the 17th February 2014