I downloaded Sublime (unfortunately I don't remember exactly how I did so) but I don't understand why it looks strange. The application is in my Downloads folder and in there I see a bunch of files inside.

To run it, I click the one called sublime_text but this just feels strange. It doesn't look like a normal application (because I don't start other application this way), nor can I search for it in the Dash Home.

Screenshot of what's inside the folder

  • «Why didn't Sublime install» Just to be precise: applications do not install themselves. You decide which way you download and install applications. Anyway, all programs are just folders with a bunch of executable files inside. The fact you see them in the Dash is just added "convenience": the packages contain a few more files that are stored in the right directories, in particular application launchers are in /usr/share/applications. – Andrea Lazzarotto Aug 27 '16 at 12:08

It seems you downloaded a tarball of sublime text, which was provided for non-debian Linux distributions.

To install it as deb package use these commands in a Terminal (Open by pressing Ctrl-Alt-T)

wget -c https://download.sublimetext.com/sublime-text_build-3114_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i sublime-text.deb 

Note: If you're using 32-bit Ubuntu, first command will be


You should now be able to use it like other regular packages without having to open it from extracted folder.


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