enter image description here Everytime i open Sublime , these tabs automatically opens. How do i fix this. I am unable to find any setting for this.


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There is actually a better solution implemented in Sublime Text. Select Preferences-> Settings - User and set remember_open_files and hot_exit to false. The resulting file should look like this:

    "remember_open_files": false,
    "hot_exit": false

(All the possible settings can be seen in Settings - Default.)

Just restart Sublime Text afterwards (it may be required to restart the program two times, one time to apply the settings) and it should start up without any open files.

Note: I only was able to test this with Sublime Text 3, but I am pretty sure that this settings exist in version 2 as well.

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    this is the right answer ( it also work on sublime 3 ) May 9, 2014 at 21:49
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    Although this is correct, this does not help if Sublime Text crashes on start-up.
    – Wok
    Jul 18, 2014 at 14:06
  • What is the difference between the two: remember open files and hot exit? Because if I have hot_exit set to true, then the condition "remember_open_files" seems to be automatically satisfied (i.e. true hot_exit will also keep the open tabs :)
    – Jim Raynor
    Mar 26, 2015 at 16:29

Sublime Text 2

Check the content of the directory ~/.config/sublime-text-2/Settings for a file called Session.sublime_session

If those files are included in there, remove them

Sublime Text 3

ST3 stores the session files under:

  • Unfortunately ST2 seems to create that file again. I solved that creating an empty file with read only permissions. Thanks.
    – Salem
    Mar 6, 2013 at 15:44
  • It looks like the files been renamed Auto Save Session.sublime_session, so to rm its rm -f ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Local/Auto\ Save\ Session.sublime_session
    – megawac
    Dec 22, 2015 at 21:33
  • ~/.config/sublime-text-3/ does not exist?
    – 2540625
    Jun 8, 2016 at 17:42
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    On Windows, it's "%APPDATA%\Sublime Text 3\Local\Session.sublime_session"
    – masterxilo
    Mar 11, 2018 at 21:16
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    Thank you. I opened huge file with my Sublime Text and it crashed Sublime everytime open any sublime instance. Removing the sublime_session help me to use the sublime text again
    – Ardiya
    Jul 29, 2021 at 1:51

In Sublime Text 3, below worked for me.

$ rm ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Local/Auto\ Save\ Session.sublime_session

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