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Manually Install a Plugin in Sublime Text 3

Manually Install a Plugin in Sublime Text 3

last updated: February 17, 2014

There’s a couple of ways to install plugins in Sublime. They can be installed using Package Control, or they can be installed manually. Here I’ll show you how to manually install a plugin in Sublime Text 3 quickly and easily.

Install the Plugin

A Sublime plugin will come in the form of a folder that contains all the stuff that makes the plugin function. Often times the plugin folder will come in a zipped format, meaning you’ll have to unzip it first.

To install a Sublime plugin all you have to do is drag and drop the plugin folder into the ‘Packages’ folder that was installed when you installed Sublime.

2 ways to do this:

With the Help of Sublime

Fire up Sublime and navigate to Preferences > Browse Packages…

This will launch a window taking you directly to your ‘Packages’ folder. You’ll know you’re in the right folder because there’s a ‘User’ folder in there. With the window open, just drag and drop the plugin folder from wherever you have it on your computer into this window.

Manually Navigate to the ‘Packages’ Folder

Alternatively you can just navigate to the path where your ‘Packages’ folder resides. I’m using Windows 7 here, the path to the ‘Packages’ folder for me is in:

C:\\Users\\username\\AppData\\Roaming\\Sublime Text 3\\Packages

The path to your ‘Packages’ folder could be different depending on your operating system and version of operating system.

However you get to the ‘Packages’ folder, drag and drop the plugin folder into the ‘Packages’ folder.

Verify That the Plugin Installed

Close Sublime then fire it up again to refresh changes.

Navigate to the command palette, go to Tools > Command Palette…

In the search field type the name of the plugin folder just as it appears. If it shows up in the search, that means the plugin is installed. You can also access the command palette by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+p.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know how to manually install a plugin in Sublime Text 3, practice installing a Sublime Text plugin for yourself. Also try installing a plugin this way in Sublime Text 2.

Credits to the folks on this forum thread for the plugin.

Your questions, comments or thoughts are welcome, cheers.

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