After following this tutorial, I cannot launch Sublime Text from command line. How can I fix this?


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After following this tutorial and facing the reported problem, I googled it and realised that I had forgot to create a symbolic link.

sudo ln -s /opt/sublime/sublime_text /usr/bin/subl

Now the problem is solved :)

  • 3
    I think it would be better to use /usr/local/bin instead of /usr/bin.
    – lev
    Jan 26, 2015 at 9:17
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    Do not do this with current versions of ST3 ... its already baked in Oct 17, 2015 at 5:10
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    Did not occur for me using ST3, had to manually link. No command line options were available otherwise.
    – gnomed
    Apr 28, 2016 at 18:01
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    To launch sublime you need to run subl from the Terminal.
    – E235
    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:53

For recent versions of Ubuntu and Sublime Text 3, I'm adding a symlink like this:

sudo ln -s /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text /usr/local/bin/subl

Then I can execute it from terminal like subl myFile.php.


For anyone who is struggling for sublime text 3.

After creating symlink for opening ST3 use :

subl .

dont use:

sublime .

Personally I prefer creating an alias in ~/.bashrc, to avoid having to keep track of symbolic links:

alias subl=/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text

for those who install sublime in Ubuntu Software, just type

sudo ln -s /snap/sublime-text/38/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text /usr/local/bin/subl
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    I suggest using the "current" version link, so the command becomes sudo ln -s /snap/sublime-text/current/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text /usr/local/bin/subl
    – Tom
    Mar 28, 2019 at 7:32
  • In Mint 20 I found it in "/var/lib/flatpak/app/com.sublimetext.three/current/active/export/bin/com.sublimetext.three"
    – nick fox
    Dec 23, 2020 at 15:18

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