How to install Sublime on Ubuntu

Sublime Text is a popular IDE that we can now install via PPA – thanks to Webupd8 team.
To install Sublime text in Ubuntu run the following commands in your terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sublime-text-installer

  • If you don’t want to install Sublime text and prefer to use it as a standalone application you can download it separately from
  • To stop sublime notifying you of new versions every time you open it, add the following command to Preferences > Settings – User:
  • "update_check": false

Running Sublime text as sudo
So far we’ve installed Sublime text in our Ubuntu OS. However, we can only modify files that our user has permission to change. This is not particularly helpful if you would like to change system files or your project is located in a restricted path. To be able to change system files we need to run Sublime as sudo.

To do that, locate sublime-text.desktop in /usr/share/applications/ and add gksudo in front of Exec=
The final change is as follow:
Exec=gksudo /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text %F

  • The path to sublime could be different in your machine
  • Make sure gksudo is already installed.

gksudo is used to run graphical (GUI) applications as root. To install gksudo use the following command:
sudo apt-get install gksu