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I often used vi to edit my local text files from the commandline. But actually vi is not my favourite choice for editing text. HereĀ“s a tip, how to add Sublime Text 2 to the commandline.

First, create a symlink from your /usr/local/bin directory, to the sublime binary:

ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ /usr/local/bin/sublime

After that, check if the /usr/local/bin dir is part of your $PATH environment variable, by typing in:


If /usr/local/bin can not be found in the output of the above command, you need to add it to the $PATH. Type in vi ~/.bash_login and add the path (:/usr/local/bin) at the end of the export command. If this line does not exits, just add it:

export PATH=${PATH}:/usr/local/bin

Save and quit the file. To reload the changes into the current shell session, type source ~/.bash_login.

That should be it. You should now be able to execute the sublime command from anywhere. For example, to open the current folder, just type:

sublime .
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Tom Raithel


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