How to set up Sublime Text 3 for Python development

Recently, I reconsidered my Sublime Text setup for programming in Python. I wanted to know the latest best practices, shortcuts, and plugins. Here are the results of my research.


The most important plugin you should install right away is Anaconda. Spend some time reading the docs. This plugin converts Sublime Text 3 (ST3) into an effective Python IDE.

These articles list many useful plugins you should consider.

Note: if you install the Anaconda plugin, you don’t need to install SublimeJEDI. They are both based on the same engine, and will cause plugin collision issues.

The way I approached this list is by installing almost all of these, then figuring out which ones I like the most. To keep things clean, I uninstalled all the plugins I found least useful.


First off, I would recommend this useful tab management plugin called Origami. I’m learning these shortcuts and they have been invaluable so far.

This cheat sheet neatly lists all of the most useful Sublime Text shortcuts.

If you feel comfortable with Vim or vi, you may want to enable Vintage mode. Despite my familiarity with Vim, I found it annoying. But it’s really a personal preference.

My setup

  • Anaconda
  • GitGutter
  • Origami
  • Python3
  • requirementstxt
  • SideBarEnhancements
  • SublimeLinter
  • SublimeLinter-pep8
  • SublimeLinter-pycodestyle
  • SublimeLinter-pyflakes

You can install all of these using Package Control.

In case you’re interested, I use the Spacegray Eighties theme with the Gloom color scheme.