How do I enable syntax highlighting for my Gemfile in Sublime Text 2?


I recently started using Sublime Text 2. What an awesome editor. It does a great job of highlighting Ruby code, but it does not highlight my Gemfile.

Is there a way to get it to do that?

I found this Gist but it has no instructions on how to use it.


There are at least three options:

  1. Switch syntax manually (not preferred, but easy; no explanation required)
  2. Add "Gemfile" to the list of Ruby-syntax files
  3. Use the plugin you link to and create a package for it

1. No explanation, but handy trick

You can bind a keystroke to set syntax without moving to the mouse.

I bound syntax changing to Ctrl-Opt-Space by adding the following to my user keybindings:

  { "keys": ["ctrl+alt+space"], 
    "command": "show_overlay", 
    "args": { "overlay": "command_palette", "text": "Set Syntax: " } }

2. Add "Gemfile" to list of Ruby-syntax files

  • Linux: ~/.config/sublime-text-2/Packages/Ruby/Ruby.tmLanguage
  • OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/Ruby/Ruby.tmLanguage
  • Windows: %APPDATA%/Sublime Text 2/Packages/Ruby/Ruby.tmLanguage

You can also get there by using the menu option Preferences -> Browse Packages and going into the Ruby package. Once you’re in the file it’ll be obvious: it’s the <array> element with Ruby-looking filenames. Add <string>Gemfile</string> and you’re all set.

It’s possible the setting could get overwritten on an upgrade; I’m not sure how that works with ST2–it may be cleaner to do it through code as in the snippet.

3. Using the snippet you linked to

More work (and the correction of one syntax error). You can either do it manually, by creating a directory in Packages (see above for location) or create an actual package and allow ST2 to install it.

I created a test package called "Syntax" and copied the snippet into it, restarted ST2, and opening a Gemfile worked as expected. The correction required an additional colon (new gist), nutshell:

elif name[-3] == "erb": # Needed a semi-colon here.
  set_sintax(view, "HTML (Rails)", "Rails")

Answered By – Dave Newton

Answer Checked By – Clifford M. (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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