How to Install Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

December 24, 2013

install sublime text 3 ubuntu 14.04

This simple tutorial shows you how to install the Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS via PPA repository.

Sublime Text is a popular text and source code editor somewhat similar to TextMate, available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X.

The Sublime Text 3 is currently in beta. Webupd8 Team has made an installer script into PPA which automatically downloads the Sublime Text 3 archive from its website and installs it on Ubuntu. The PPA does not host any Sublime Text 3 files.

Install sublime text 3 in ubuntu 14.04

Install Sublime Text 3:

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, copy and paste below command into terminal and hit enter:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3

Type in your password when prompts and then you’ll get this PPA (Personal Package Archive) into your system.

NOTE: you’ll see nothing when typing passwords in Linux terminal, just type in mind and hit enter to get pass.

install sublime text 3 ubuntu 14.04

After added the PPA, run commands to install the script:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y sublime-text-installer

Once installed, open the editor from Unity Dash or Menu.

To disable new version notifications, add the following to your User Preferences file (Preferences > Settings – User):

“update_check”: false

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18 responses to How to Install Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

  1. Note that the first command:

    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3

    really should be:

    sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3

    (“add” and “apt” are reversed, there is no “add-apt-repository” command.)

    This typo has been propagated around the WWW on various pages. ;-)

    • Thanks @Lorin, but both commands now do the job in Ubuntu.

    • The first code did not work for me. i now tried again using the correction you gave here and it worked smoothly. I think its important this is just corrected at once for users so that they learn the right one once. Thanks Ji and Lorin

    • Both versions do indeed work just fine.

  2. Blessings mwafulirwa July 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    worked like a charm on ubuntu 14, thanks so much it woz easy following the steps

  3. Thanks. Very simple! =)

  4. I tried both ways – what if I get this error

    Cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3’.
    Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.

    Appreciate any help!!

  5. Devashish, Thanks! it helped me.

  6. Yes, it works!! But, how can I remove from title console the “UNREGISTERED” word??

    Thanks a lot!!


  7. Hi again!!

    Do you know how to install Sublime Text to use with NCL from NCAR??

    Thanks a lot for help me

    Good luck!!

  8. All work out ok.
    Thanks a lot.

    i use add-apt and it worked :)

  9. Thanks for the commands. It perfectly worked for me.

  10. when after I type my password it shows me a reply that says:

    r is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

    How can I fix it? D:

  11. Thanks Ji M, it worked just fine on my Ubuntu 14.04 Server.
    Good stuff!

  12. Hi
    I am unable to install the sublime. I got below error while running the command
    “sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y sublime-text-installer”

    Error-unable to locate the package sublime-test-installer

    Please help to run the command