How to install Sublime Text in openSUSE

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Sublime Text is one of the best editors out there and it’s also available for GNU/Linux based systems. Sublime Text is not free software – free as in beer as well as freedom. It’s a $70 software but it’s more or less a nagware. It will nag you once in a while to buy the licence. I am sure for how long you can use it. I have a licence for Mac so I don’t really care as I can use the same licence on multiple machines.

So if you already have Sublime Text licence and you want to use it on your openSUSE box as well, this article will help you. And as I said, you don’t need a licence to use it so you can give it a try either way.

Step #1 Grab the 32 or 64 bit tar based on your openSUSE architecture from this page

step #2 Once the package is downloaded cd to the directory where it’s downloaded and extract it:

tar vxjf Sublime_FILE_NAME.tar.bz2

Step #3 Now let’s move the extracted folder to opt directory

sudo mv Sublime_FOLDER_NAME /opt/

Step #4 Then create a symlink in bin

sudo ln -s /opt/PATH_TO_SUBLIME/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime

Now you can easily start Sublime Text from the Konsole by running


sublime-text-1sublime-text-2You can also add it to menu manually by right clicking on the openSUSE icon/launcher and select edit applications. Then click on new item and enter name Sublime Text in the name and ‘sublime’ as command.

I grabbed the Sublime Text image/icon from Google/Wikipedia and used as the icon. Click on save and you are done.

  • Skuli Oskarsson

    Thank you for this, really helpful :)

    Just wanted to point out that the icon is also located with the sublime text files
    5 different sizes as well.