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Number of watchers on Github 66
Number of open issues 9
Average time to close an issue 3 months
Main language Python
Open pull requests 1+
Closed pull requests 1+
Last commit about 7 years ago
Repo Created about 9 years ago
Repo Last Updated almost 3 years ago
Size 217 KB
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Now works with both Sublime Text 2 and 3!

This plugin only works if you are indenting with tabs. Limitations in Sublime Text's API make it virtually impossible to use elastic tabstops with spaces.

Because Sublime Text does not allow variable-width tabs, this plugin works by inserting extra spaces before tab characters. This has two side-effects:

  1. The file will have extra spaces in it, obviously.
  2. The file will show up correctly in editors that don't support elastic tabstops. Bonus!

Keyboard shortcuts

ElasticTabstops includes keyboard shortcuts for navigating to the next and previous tab. This can be extremely useful if, for example, one has multiple selections on different rows.

By default, these shortcuts are ctrl+alt+left and ctrl+alt+right, and holding shift will extend the selection as expected.


This plugin is available through Package Control, which is available here:


Manual Install

Go to your Packages subdirectory under ST2's data directory:

  • Windows: %APPDATA%\Sublime Text 2
  • OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2
  • Linux: ~/.config/sublime-text-2
  • Portable Installation: Sublime Text 2/Data

Then clone this repository:

git clone git://github.com/SublimeText/ElasticTabstops.git

That's it!

ElasticTabstops open issues Ask a question     (View All Issues)
  • almost 5 years Redoing paste-format discards redo history
  • about 5 years Incorrect handling of double-width characters
  • about 5 years How to handle proportional fonts?
  • over 6 years Add option to ignore leading tabs (indentation)
  • almost 7 years Remove added spaces (on save)
  • about 7 years Freezes ST3 when editing large TSV files
  • almost 8 years This is not a proper implementation of elastic tabstops
ElasticTabstops open pull requests (View All Pulls)
  • Add support for double-width characters
ElasticTabstops questions on Stackoverflow (View All Questions)
  • Javascript library to align tab separated data (like elastictabstops)
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