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How To Install Sublime Text on Debian 12

Install Sublime Text on Debian 12

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sublime Text on Debian 12. For those of you who didn’t know, Sublime Text is a powerful and versatile text editor that offers a wide range of features and customization options. Whether you are a developer, programmer, or simply a text editing enthusiast, Sublime Text is an excellent choice for enhancing your productivity. Let’s dive in and get Sublime Text up and running on your Debian 12 Bookworm system.

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 on a Debian 12 (Bookworm).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 12 (Bookworm).
  • 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).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Sublime Text.
  • Root access or sudo privileges.

Install Sublime Text on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apt-transport-https lsb-release ca-certificates curl dirmngr gnupg

This command will refresh the repository, allowing you to install the latest versions of software packages.

Step 2. Installing Sublime Text on Debian 12.

Now open your preferred web browser navigate to the official Sublime Text website choose the appropriate version for Debian Linux and download the installation package:


Navigate to the directory where you saved the Sublime Text installation package using the cd command. For example, if you saved the package in your Downloads directory, you can use the command cd ~/Downloads to navigate there:

sudo dpkg -i sublime-text*.deb

If prompted, provide your administrative password to continue with the installation.

Step 3. Accessing Sublime Text on Debian.

Once successfully installed, now launch Sublime Text either from the application menu or by typing subl in the terminal.

Install Sublime Text on Debian 12 Bookworm

Step 4. Example Command Line Usage.

To help you get started with Sublime Text on Debian 12 Bookworm, let’s explore a few example command line usages:

  • Create a new file:
subl newfile.txt
  • Save the file with a specific name and extension:
subl --command "save_as {'file': 'path/to/filename.ext'}"
  • Enable word wrap:
subl --command "toggle_setting {'setting': 'word_wrap'}"
  • Install a package using Package Control:
subl --command "install_package_control"

Step 5. Troubleshooting.

In case you encounter any issues during the installation or while using Sublime Text, refer to the following troubleshooting tips:

  1. If the installation fails, ensure that you have administrative privileges and try running the installation command again.
  2. If Sublime Text does not launch or shows unexpected behavior, try restarting your system and launching Sublime Text again.
  3. If you experience performance issues, consider disabling unnecessary plugins or extensions to optimize Sublime Text’s performance.
  4. For more in-depth troubleshooting, consult the official Sublime Text documentation and community forums.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Sublime Text. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Sublime Text on Debian 11 Bookworm. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you 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, 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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