Sublime Text Key Bindings

Published Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Keyboard shortcuts are a programmer’s best friend, and Sublime Text lets you write your own. I use these five below on a daily basis, and you’re going to want to, too. Here’s the setup:

  1. Open Sublime Text
  2. Type command + shift + p to open your Command Pallette (aka super+shift+p in Sublime lingo)
  3. Select Preferences: Key Bindings - User
  4. Insert the following into this file:
  { "keys": ["super+shift+w"], "command": "close_all"},
  { "keys": ["super+shift+r"], "command": "reveal_in_side_bar" },
  { "keys": ["ctrl+alt+shift+down"], "command": "goto_definition" },
  { "keys": ["super+k"], "command": "insert_snippet", "args": { "contents": "[$SELECTION](${0})" }, "context":
      { "key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "text.html.markdown" },
      { "key": "selection_empty", "operator": "equal", "operand": false, "match_all": true }
  { "keys": ["alt+c"], "command": "insert_snippet", "args": { "contents": "console.log(${1:}$SELECTION);${0}" } },
  { "keys": ["alt+d"], "command": "insert_snippet", "args": { "contents": "debugger;" } },
  { "keys": ["alt+b"], "command": "insert_snippet", "args": { "contents": "binding.pry" } }

Quick summary of each key binding:

super+shift+w => close_all

Closes all open tabs.

super+shift+r => reveal_in_side_bar

Opens sidebar with currently open file selected.

ctrl+alt+shift+down => goto_definition

Navigates to selected method or class definition (based on your cursor’s position).


Inserts Markdown link around selected text and places cursor inside the () (same behavior as GitHub’s command+k keyboard shortcut).

alt+c => insert_snippet ‘console.log();’

Inserts console.log(); at your current cursor position.

alt+d => insert_snippet ‘debugger;’

Inserts debugger; at your current cursor position.

alt+b => insert_snippet ‘binding.pry’

Inserts binding.pry at your current cursor position.