Spencer Moran Spencer Moran - 1 month ago 8x
Git Question

How can I make Sublime Text the default editor for Git?

I've been having a problem setting sublime text 2 as the core.editor with git. I've read through every post I could find addressing the problem, but still nothing is working for me. I am running windows.

I have done:

git config --global core.editor "'C:/Program Files/Sublime Text 2/sublime_text.exe'"

and tried that with various arguments like -m. When I open my .gitconfig, this is what is in there:

name = Spencer Moran
email = smoran02@gmail.com
editor = 'C:/Program Files/Sublime Text 2/sublime_text.exe'

If I go to git and type:

README.markdown --edit

the readme file opens in Notepad, not Sublime Text. Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong or how I could fix this?


Sublime Text 2 (Build 2181)

The latest build 2181 just added support for the -w (wait) command line argument. The following configuration will allow ST2 to work as your default git editor on Windows. This will allow git to open ST2 for commit messages and such.

git config --global core.editor "'c:/program files/sublime text 2/sublime_text.exe' -w"

Sublime Text 3 (Build 3065)

Sublime Text 3 (Build 3065) added the subl.exe command line helper. Use subl.exe -h for the options available to you. I have hot_exit: true and remember_open_files: true set in my Sublime Text user settings. I have found the following to git config to work well for me.

git config --global core.editor "'c:/program files/sublime text 3/subl.exe' -w"

With this git config the a new tab is opened in my editor. I edit my commit message, save the tab and close it (CTRL+w). Git will wait until the tab is closed to continue its work.