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Published January 28, 2014 Updated January 28, 2024
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Sublime Text Kit


Sublime Text Kit is a command line interface for managing Sublime Text metadata for multiple projects, sessions, snippets, etc. This allows you to avoiding manual maintenance of your workspace so you can stay focused on your own work.


  • Manages project metadata (.sublime-project and .sublime-workspace files).

  • Manages session metadata so you can quickly toggle between projects via the CONTROL+COMMAND+p shortcut.

  • Prints all of your custom snippets in either ASCII Doc or Markdown format.



To install with security, run:

# 💡 Skip this line if you already have the public certificate installed.
gem cert --add <(curl --compressed --location
gem install sublime_text_kit --trust-policy HighSecurity

To install without security, run:

gem install sublime_text_kit


Command Line Interface (CLI)

From the command line, type: sublime_text_kit



This gem can be configured via a global configuration: ~/.config/sublime_text_kit/configuration.yml. It can also be configured via XDG environment variables.

An example configuration could be:

  - "~/Engineering/Organizations"
  - "~/Engineering/OSS"
metadata_dir: "~/Dropbox/Cache/Sublime"
snippets_format: :markdown

The project_roots key defines the root level directories where your project folders are located. When project metadata (i.e. .sublime-project, .sublime-workspace) is generated, the name of the metadata file will be the same name as the project folder. All project metadata, regardless of root location, is written to the same metadata directory as defined by the metadata_dir key. If using the example settings shown above and assuming the following directory structure exists…


…​project metadata will be created in the metadata_dir as follows:


The snippets_format key allows you define what format to print your snippets as. You can always override your default configuration by specifying the format from the command line: sublime_text_kit -s ascii_doc. For example, this is how snippets documentation is generated for the Sublime Text Setup project.


The following demonstrates a default Sublime Text setup:

  1. Start by defining your configuration: sublime_text_kit --config edit.

  2. Shutdown Sublime Text (i.e. COMMAND+q).

  3. Run sublime_text_kit --update which will create project metadata and rebuild session metadata so Sublime Text has a complete project history from which to switch between via the CONTROL+COMMAND+p shortcut.

  4. Launch Sublime Text and use the CONTROL+COMMAND+p keyboard shortcut to toggle between projects. Notice that you can (fuzzy type) project names to jump between them.

  5. Navigate through your project workload with ease. 🎉


  • When rebuilding your session, ensure Sublime Text is shut down or changes might not be applied properly.

  • When rebuilding project metadata, ensure the metadata_dir — as defined via your configuration — points to an existing directory which can contain .sublime-project and .sublime-workspace files.


To contribute, run:

git clone
cd sublime_text_kit

You can also use the IRB console for direct access to all objects:



To test, run: