I have installed Sublime Text 3 following the tutorial on unixmen.com. How to run it from terminal and how to check the version (from terminal or however)?

3 Answers 3


The command to start Sublime Text:


The command to see its version:

subl --version
  • And after Sublime Text 3 goes from beta do I have to do something to have stable version or? And how to update when new build is released (from terminal or from gui, doesn't matter)? Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 17:28
  • 1
    You added the ppa to your sources, so any new update should came automatically. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 17:30

The usual command for Sublime Text is subl:

From subl --help:

$ subl --help
Sublime Text build 3065

Usage: sublime_text [arguments] [files]         edit the given files
   or: sublime_text [arguments] [directories]   open the given directories

  --project <project>: Load the given project
  --command <command>: Run the given command
  -n or --new-window:  Open a new window
  -a or --add:         Add folders to the current window
  -w or --wait:        Wait for the files to be closed before returning
  -b or --background:  Don't activate the application
  -h or --help:        Show help (this message) and exit
  -v or --version:     Show version and exit

Filenames may be given a :line or :line:column suffix to open at a specific

Hence, to get the version:

$ subl -v
Sublime Text Build 3065

As Glutanimate noted, you can get the version from the Help menu, from About Sublime Text:

enter image description here

  • 1
    You can also check the version via the UI: Help -> About Sublime Text Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 17:08
  • 2
    @Glutanimate thanks. To discover that, I'd have to run it first. :D I'll update the answer.
    – muru
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 17:09
  • 1
    I saw Build 3065 in the screenshot and cannot even figure out it is sublime 2 or sublime 3...
    – B.Mr.W.
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 21:30
  • 5
    @B.Mr.W. Same here. I'm guessing 3000–3999 represents version 3, but if so it would be nice to see that actually stated somewhere, especially since builds are usually given sequentially increasing system-generated numbers. Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 1:48

From the Sublime Text Unofficial Documentation:

You can create a symbolic lynk sudo ln -s /opt/Sublime\ Text\ 3/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime. "/opt" being the dir where you installed Sublime.

The Documentation also shows how to add Sublime to the Unity Launcher if you wish.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .