Sublime Text 3 Out of Beta! Main Features and More

By Eniola Lucas Fakeye

Sublime 3.0 user interface

Sublime text 3 has been in the beta phase for sometime now but yesterday (13th September, 2017), Sublime HQ, the creators of Sublime text editor annouced in a blog post, the release of Sublime 3.0.

Sublime 3.0 is in a class of its own compared to previous releases of Sublime Text. It has:

  • A brand new user interface with a modern look
  • A new logo
  • Is significantly faster than Sublime 2,

It is light and feels light, startup is faster too, it has a new syntax hightlighting engine, the list of all the features is quite long. However, if you care to take a look, you can find it here.

In this article let’s look through the most important features of Sublime 3.0.

Main Features

  1. New Icon
    The new Sublime text icon

  2. Refreshed UI theme, including full high Dot Per Inch support
  3. Added new color schemes namely Breakers, Mariana and Sixteen.




  1. Added color scheme and theme switchers with live preview via the command palette.
  2. Significant improvements to C#, Java, Python and R syntax highlighting.
  3. Improved auto indent rules for HTML and PHP.
  4. Fixed empty panes on startup when hot_exit was set to false.
  5. Improved font selection on all platforms, allowing selection of different weights by name.
  6. Fix multi-cursor pasting when clipboard contains one or more full lines.
  7. Various regex handling improvements in the Find panel.
  8. Various bugs with the syntax highlighting engine have been resolved.

More: Platform specific improvements and changes


  1. Improved default web browser detection.
  2. Handle layout changes due to macOS Sierra tabs.


  1. Update X11 selection on clipboard every time selection changes.
  2. Improved MOD3 modifier key handling


  1. Fix ctrl+` shortcut for UK (ISO) keyboards
  2. Improved font selection logic.
  3. Font rendering defaults to DirectWrite unless using Consolas or Courier New.
  4. The subl executable on OS X and plugin_host.exe on Windows are now signed.
  5. Improved file change detection robustness.


Obviously, a lot of work has been done to make Sublime text great again by addressing and eliminating pain points. However, them team has refused to rest on its oars as work has started already on version 3.1. I will recommend Sublime 3.0 to developers using low end machines as it is very light compared to most editors and IDEs out there.