How To Install Sublime Text 3 on CentOS 7

Install Sublime Text 3 on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Sublime Text 3 on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Sublime Text is a cross-platform text and source code editor with a Python API. It is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup, and prose. Its functionality is extendable with plugins. Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Sublime Text 3 on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Sublime Text 3 Features

  • “Goto Anything,” quick navigation to files, symbols, or lines
  • “Command palette” uses adaptive matching for quick keyboard invocation of arbitrary commands
  • Simultaneous editing: simultaneously make the same interactive changes to multiple selected areas
  • Python-based plugin API
  • Project-specific preferences
  • Extensive customizability via JSON settings files, including project-specific and platform-specific settings
  • Cross-platform (Windows, OS X, Linux)
  • Compatible with many language grammars from Textmate.
  • proprietary software may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however, a license must be purchased for continued use.

Install Sublime Text 3 on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Sublime Text 3.

The first thing to do is to go to Sublime Text’s download page and download the latest stable version of Sublime Text, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3:

wget http://c758482.r82.cf2.rackcdn.com/sublime_text_3_build_3065_x64.tar.bz2

Now we need to extract the tar file, which contains everything we need to run sublime 3 on CentOS 7. We will extract the tar file into the /opt directory So all users in our system can use the Sublime text editor:

sudo tar -vxjf sublime_text_3_build_3065_x64.tar.bz2 -C /opt

Make a symbolic link to the installed Sublime 3:

ln -s /opt/sublime_text_3/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime3

Step 3. Add sublime text 3 to the CentOS 7 Application Menu.

Create a text file called “sublime_text_3.desktop” inside the /usr/share/application directory:

nano /usr/share/applications/sublime_text_3.desktop

Add the following entries and save the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Sublime Text
GenericName=Text Editor
Comment=Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose
Exec=/opt/sublime_text_3/sublime_text %F

Now you should see the sublime 3 text editor launcher on the application menu under the programming subcategory.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Sublime Text. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Sublime Text 3 on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Sublime Text website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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