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Tools to ease the creation of snippets, syntax definitions, etc. for Sublime Text.

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Number of watchers on Github 283
Number of open issues 14
Average time to close an issue 5 months
Main language Python
Average time to merge a PR 23 days
Open pull requests 8+
Closed pull requests 25+
Last commit over 2 years ago
Repo Created over 9 years ago
Repo Last Updated over 2 years ago
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Latest Releasev3.1.5
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PackageDev - The Sublime Text Meta Package

PackageDev provides syntax highlighting and other helpful utility for Sublime Text resource files.

Resource files are ways of configuring the Sublime Text text editor to various extends, including but not limited to: custom syntax definitions, context menus (and the main menu), and key bindings.

Thus, this package is ideal for package developers, but even normal users of Sublime Text who want to configure it to their liking should find it very useful.


Install the package using Package Control. The package's name is PackageDev.

PackageDev was made for Sublime Text 3. An older unmaintained version can still be installed for Sublime Text 2, however.

Getting Started

Syntax highlighting for various resource files is available immediately.

Various commands, for example creating a new resource, are made available through the command palette (Primary+Shift+P) with the PackageDev: prefix and in the main menu under Tools Packages Package Development,

Note: The Primary key refers to Ctrl on Windows and Linux and Command () on macOS.


Detailed documentation is available at the repository's wiki.

Features Overview

  • Syntax definitions for:

    • Build System files
    • Color Scheme files
    • Commands files
    • Completions files
    • Keymap files
    • Macro files
    • Menu files
    • Mousemap files
    • Project files
    • Settings files
    • Snippet files
    • Syntax definition files (both Sublime Text and TextMate)
    • TextMate Preferences (.tmPreferences)
  • Static and dynamic completions for all the above, where sensible.

Dynamic completions are provided for all files expecting command names, syntax definitions, color schemes, and settings files.

  • Snippets for some of the above.

In files holding multiple entries, snippets are available with the trigger e and ee for a short and a long entry, respectively.

  • Commands to create a package and various resource files with standard templates.

  • Checking for unknown settings keys.

  • Hover popups for setting keys with a description and their default value.

  • And more!

PackageDev open issues Ask a question     (View All Issues)
  • about 4 years [Question] json-tmLanguage
  • about 4 years [Feature Request] Keymap to commands
  • about 4 years [Bug] Sublime Text Key Map syntax bug
  • almost 5 years feature request: command to auto generate syntax tests based on code in syntax test file
  • almost 5 years Future sublime_lib feature requests
  • almost 5 years Redo ALL the syntax definitions
  • over 5 years Add syntax definition for the new syntax format (using the new format)
  • about 6 years Perform data type checks before conversion
  • over 6 years string quotation in syntax definitions
  • almost 7 years Split the conversion thing from PackageDev?
PackageDev open pull requests (View All Pulls)
  • Properly color comments for *.sublime-commands
  • added keybindings for syntax test development
  • use oniguruma regex syntax inside tmPreferences
  • Command completions
  • fix highlighting and suggestions for some global keys in color schemes
  • Add support for "keyfiles" to sublime-build syntax highlighting
  • New pref to allow tabbing over whitespace during syntax test development
  • correctly scope sublime-menu platform negation operator
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PackageDev latest release notes
v3.1.5 v3.1.5 (2018-03-18)
  • Fix highlighting of negative platform filters in menu files (@keith-hall)
  • Skip whitespace when completing syntax tests (@keith-hall)
v3.1.4 v3.1.4 (2018-02-11)
  • Highlight keyfiles in build systems (@keith-hall)
  • Fix cancel keys with a dict value in build systems (@keith-hall)
  • Fix some completions and highlighting of color scheme properties (wrt bracket*s) (@keith-hall)
v3.1.3 v3.1.3 (2017-11-08)
  • Fix compatibility with builds <3153 without embed support
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