emacs-ify your Sublime Text

Mar 14, 2013

Why? Because I have 10 fingers.

emacs? Really?!?

In the early days, I had to make a choice between VIM or emacs. I chose emacs. Most would say I chose wrong. Maybe I did… what I do know now is that I am comfortable with both, but I really enjoyed messing around with emacs lisp macros. Then came along Sublime text. When I converted from a purely *NIX development environment to a Mac dominated shop, I found myself wanting a different editor. I like the customization and integrations that Sublime text offers, but was not happy about some of the key mappings. I got used to using my elbows and fingers to execute macros.

Luckily, there are a lot of us emacs users converting to ST. There is a great package called sublemacspro that ports the majority of base emacs macros. Below are a few key mappings I have added to Sublime text that has allowed me to completely drop emacs. The swap_line commands are incredibly useful.

Just go to: Sublime Text -> Preferences -> Key Bindings - User and paste the following macros.

  "keys": ["alt+up"],
  "command": "swap_line_up"
}, {
  "keys": ["alt+down"],
  "command": "swap_line_down"
}, {
  "keys": ["ctrl+shift+5"],
  "command": "show_panel",
  "args": {
    "panel": "replace",
    "reverse": false
}, {
  "keys": ["home"],
  "command": "move_to",
  "args": {
    "to": "bol",
    "extend": false
}, {
  "keys": ["end"],
  "command": "move_to",
  "args": {
    "to": "eol",
    "extend": false
emacs FTW

If you are at all curious, here are my module specific settings:

  "color_scheme": "Packages/Color Scheme - Default/Twilight.tmTheme",
  "font_size": 14,
  "highlight_line": true,
  "ignored_packages": [
    "Theme - Farzher",
  "perltidy_cmd": "/usr/local/bin/perltidy",
  "perltidy_options": [
    "-wbb=\"% + - * / x != == >= <= =~ !~ < > | & >= < = **= += *= &= <<= &&= -= /= |= >>= ||= .= %= ^= x=\""
  "soda_folder_icons": true,
  "theme": "Soda Dark 3.sublime-theme",