I'd like to replace gedit, and use Sublime Text 3 as my default text editor for all text files on my Ubuntu system. Can you let me know how do I go about making this change?
Sublime Text 4 (builds 4000 and higher) has been released, and is the preferred version of Sublime Text to use. There are instructions on Sublime's website for installation using the package repositories (
zypper) for a number of popular Linux distributions. However, even installing in this way doesn't automagically make all text/source files open with Sublime, so you'll likely still need to follow the directions below.
These instructions assume that you have installed Sublime Text either using the
.deb file provided for Debian/Ubuntu-based systems, or using the
apt repository instructions linked above. If you downloaded the tarball and installed it manually to a location other than
/opt/sublime_text, you will need to change the paths below to your install location.
First, make sure that
/usr/share/applications/sublime_text.desktop exists (
sublime-text.desktop on some systems):
/usr/share/applications/defaults.list with Sublime:
Search for all instances of
org.gnome.gedit on some systems) and replace them with
sublime_text. Save the file, log out and back in, and you should be all set.
If for some reason
sublime-text.desktop) doesn't exist, create it:
sudo touch /usr/share/applications/sublime_text.desktop
Open it in Sublime:
and paste the following into it:
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Sublime Text GenericName=Text Editor Comment=Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose Exec=/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text %F Terminal=false MimeType=text/plain; Icon=sublime-text Categories=TextEditor;Development; StartupNotify=true Actions=Window;Document; [Desktop Action Window] Name=New Window Exec=/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text -n OnlyShowIn=Unity; [Desktop Action Document] Name=New File Exec=/opt/sublime_text/sublime_text --command new_file OnlyShowIn=Unity;
However, if you installed Sublime Text using the
.deb file downloaded from sublimetext.com, the file should already exist.