Sublime Text 2: Drupalized

Published on Saturday 25, January 2014

For quite a long time I used Aptana as my development IDE; but, as time went on I found it quite bloated and extra features I didn't need. So I gave Sublime Text a try since it's all the rage by those who use it. Sublime Text is amazing because it's so simple, yet extendable. At first I was put off by a few things so I figure I'd share my setup and packages to turn Sublime Text into your IDE powerhouse!

First off visit and download the program - it's available on Linux (I run Ubuntu), Mac, and Windows. Technically this is a paid program, but if you do not purchase a license it just harasses you after 6 or 7 saves with a "Hey, Purchase Me" nag. (Which, I recommend purchasing, devs did a great job.)

Second - get Package Control! This allows you to browse and install packages (via Git channels) through the program itself. Load up Sublime Text and open the console: cntrl/cmd+`  or View -> Show Console. Paste the following into your console to setup Package Control.

import urllib2,os,hashlib; h = '7183a2d3e96f11eeadd761d777e62404e330c659d4bb41d3bdf022e94cab3cd0'; pf = 'Package Control.sublime-package'; ipp = sublime.installed_packages_path(); os.makedirs( ipp ) if not os.path.exists(ipp) else None; urllib2.install_opener( urllib2.build_opener( urllib2.ProxyHandler()) ); by = urllib2.urlopen( '' + pf.replace(' ', '%20')).read(); dh = hashlib.sha256(by).hexdigest(); open( os.path.join( ipp, pf), 'wb' ).write(by) if dh == h else None; print('Error validating download (got %s instead of %s), please try manual install' % (dh, h) if dh != h else 'Please restart Sublime Text to finish installation')

Close and reopen Sublime Text. For full instructions (aka the original page, there isn't much else to do) 

To install packages use the shortcut shift + cntrl/cmd + p and a Sublime Text context menu will open. Start typing "Install Package" to search through the options available. Either hit enter or click on "Package Control: Install Package." I'll quickly name off the packages I have installed and a brief description. If you want to learn more about each package, the title will be linked to the repo's homepage.

  • SideBarEnhancements - Improves the sidebar to reflect a typical IDE.
  • Git and SideBarGit - Adds built-in Git handling and exposes Git commands through sidebar.
  • BracketHighlighter - easier identification of brackets
  • Emmet - Ridiculous autocomplete and shortcuts for CSS.
  • Sass and SCSS - I use Sass, provides better syntax handling and autocomplete.
  • Drupal - Tada! Enables Drupal API autocompletes, recognition of .info files as a syntax.
  • DocBlockr - makes documentation code a bit easier

Now, time to tweak your settings. Go to Preferences -> Settings - User. This will enable some time saving features: trim whitespace, EOL at end of file, spacing, rulers (because things should go over 80 columns, technically. You can checkout my config as a Gist, but you merely need to add the following:

"default_line_ending": "unix",
"draw_white_space": "all",
"ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save": true,
"shift_tab_unindent": true,
"tab_size": 2,
"translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
"trim_automatic_white_space": true,
"trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
"use_tab_stops": true,
"word_separators": "./\\()\"'-:,.;<>[email protected]#%^&*|+=[]{}`~?"

There ya go! You should be all set and ready to rock 'n' roll. Apparently someone has created a shell script to do all this for you: But, this article was geared for people new to Sublime Text, or new to development in general.