sublime text for ubuntu

Sublime Text is a cross-platform text editor that’s preferred for being smooth and lightweight. It’s not as popular on Linux due to competing editors like VS Code or vim, but it’s a powerful tool nonetheless. We’ll cover multiple ways to install it on Ubuntu in this article.

Install Sublime Text from Official Repo

First, install the GPG key to ensure that you get the package from the intended source.

wget -qO - | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/sublimehq-archive.gpg > /dev/null

Then, add the Sublime Text repository to your sources list.

echo "deb apt/stable/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list

This will add the stable channel. You can add the dev repo if you want, but the dev builds are for licensed users only, so just keep that in mind.

echo "deb apt/dev/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list

Now, update your apt sources to make the chosen version of Sublime Text available through apt.

sudo apt update

Finally, install Sublime Text using

sudo apt install sublime-text

After installing Sublime Text, you can launch it from the Applications menu, or from the terminal by entering


Local Install Using deb package

We recommend sticking to the earlier method if possible as it’s better for things like maintenance. But if you need to install Sublime Text on an offline machine, you can use the portable deb file.

You can install the .deb file with the command shown below. Just make sure to adjust the filename to the one you downloaded.

sudo apt install ./sublime-text_build-4143_amd64.deb

If the file is in a different directory, specify the full file path like so 

sudo apt install /home/anup/Downloads/sublime-text_build-4143_amd64.deb

These commands are quick and convenient, but you can also install the package graphically if you want. To do this, right-click the file and select Open With Another Application > Software Install.

Click on Install and enter your password to proceed.

Regardless of how you install it, you can launch Sublime Text afterward from the Applications menu.

Install Sublime Text with Snap

If you want the method with the least maintenance requirements, you can install Sublime Text using snap. Enter the following command in the terminal

sudo snap install sublime-text

Or, search and install Sublime Text from the Ubuntu Store if you prefer a graphical approach.

Then, you can open it from the Applications menu, or from the terminal by entering

Anup Thapa

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Anup Thapa is a Linux enthusiast with an extensive background in computer hardware and networking. His goal is to effectively communicate technical concepts in a simplified form understandable by new Linux users. To this end, he mainly writes beginner-friendly tutorials and troubleshooting guides. Outside of work, he enjoys reading up on a range of topics, traveling, working out, and MOBAs.