By josh / April 19, 2014

How to tell if a plugin is Sublime Text 3 compatible

After my email last week about the SyncedSideBar plugin, reader Keith W. replied with an observation:

Are you sure that SyncedSidebar is ok for Sublime 3 ? cos it just says a plugin for Sublime 2

Sure enough, if you search for SyncedSideBar in Package Control, you see:

Sublime Text 2 plugin to sync project sidebar (folder view) with currently active file.

So is it, or isn’t it?

When I want to check which versions a plugin supports, I head over to the official Package Control website and do a search. Here’s the page for SyncedSideBar:

Right under the plugin’s name, there’s a green badge that tells you which versions of Sublime the plugin supports. In this case, it says ST2/ST3, so Sublime Text 3 is supported.

(While you’re looking at the SyncedSideBar there, check out the installs graph. See that spike on April 17? That’s you guys!)

Another hint: If you can see the plugin listed when you search for it in Package Control within Sublime, it’s almost certainly compatible. Package Control requires developers to specify which versions of Sublime their plugin works with, and it filters out the ones that you can’t use based on the version of Sublime you’re using.

If your favorite plugin isn’t ST3 compatible yet, maybe you could help the author port it. It’s a great way to get your feet wet with plugin development, and many times it’s not that difficult to do.

P.S. Want to improve your mastery of Sublime Text? Start here:

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