How to install Sublime Text 3 on Ubuntu 18.04

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Raised text
is one of the most widely used text and source code editors for web and software development. It’s very fast and has a lot of powerful features. You can improve functionality by installing new plugins and creating custom settings.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install Sublime Text 3 on an Ubuntu 18.04 machine. The same steps should work for any Debian-based distribution.


Before proceeding with this tutorial, make sure that you are logged in as a user with sudo permissions.

Install Sublime Text on Ubuntu

To install Sublime Text 3 on your Ubuntu system, do the following:

  1. Update the apt package list and install the dependencies needed to get packages from https sources:

    sudo apt updatesudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common
  2. Import the repository’s GPG key as follows: curl Command:

    curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

    Add the Sublime Text APT repository to your system’s software repository list by entering:

    sudo add-apt-repository "deb apt/stable/"
  3. Once the repository is activated, update the apt sources and install Sublime Text 3 using the following commands:

    sudo apt updatesudo apt install sublime-text

That’s it. Sublime Text has been installed on your Ubuntu desktop.

Sublime Text is a proprietary application. It can be downloaded and evaluated free of charge. However, you need to purchase a license if you are going to use it continuously. There is no mandatory deadline for evaluation.

Start Sublime Text

You can either start the Sublime Text Editor from the terminal by pressing subl or by clicking the Sublime icon (Activities -> Sublime):

When you start Sublime Text for the first time, a window like the following appears:


You have successfully installed Sublime Text on your Ubuntu 18.04 computer. Your next step should be installing the Raised text packet control
and start customizing your new editor to suit your needs.

For more information on Sublime Text, see the official Sublime Text Documentation

If you have any questions please leave a comment below.