A couple of weeks ago I was setting up a new laptop and kept putting off installing Sublime Text (my code editor of choice) because I knew that it would also involve about fifteen minutes patiently working through my curated list of packages (add-ons / plugins), installing each one by one.
There’s got to be a simpler way, I suddenly thought. Sublime Text saves me so much time doing other stuff automatically, surely they’ve thought about this too.
I was right.
In fact, front-end developer extraordinaire Paul Irish asked this very question back in 2012.
How do it it
So, here is how to do it:
- Install Sublime Text (2 or 3).
- Install Package Control.
- Create a JSON file listing the
"installed_packages" you want (see below) and save it to
- Restart Sublime Text and allow it to pick up and install the new packages.
Just be aware of any packages that need dependences that Sublime Text cannot install, for example Git or Zeal (offline documentation browser).
You can easily find the save location by going to Preferences > Browse Packages.
On Windows the save location is:
C:\Users\[YOUR USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 3\Packages\User
This is my installed packages list from work and home; I keep a copy in Dropbox so that I can keep the two in sync.
The names listed are exactly as they are listed in the Package Control: List Packages list.
"Bootstrap 3 Snippets",
"CSS Color Converter",
"Search WordPress Codex or QueryPosts",
"Status Bar File Size",
"Theme - Minimal",
"Tomorrow Color Schemes",
"View In Browser",
"WordPress Developer Resources",
"WordPress Generate Salts",
Needless to say, doing that made installing Sublime Text so much easier and quicker.
I will try to keep this list updated, as much for my own benefit as any one else’s.
I have stored my most up-to-date settings in a GitHub repository: sublime-text-settings.