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Some TextMate Hacks

This repo contains various quick-and-dirty TextMate hacks, mostly for rebinding keys. There are several subdirectories here:

  • bundle-hacks contains hacks to various TextMate bundles (keybindings, mostly).
  • themes contains themes I use.

Bundle Hacks (bundle-hacks)

Within the bundle-hacks directory, each subdirectory corresponds to an existing (stock) TextMate bundle. For example, bundle-hacks/Source corresponds to the TextMate Source.tmbundle bundle. Underneath the subdirectory, you'll find a Macros directory, containing one or more XML files, each representing Mac plist source for a TextMate macro. These macros are intended to augment an existing TextMate bundle.

Installation is straightforward enough. First, ensure that you have a local directory for the bundle:

$ mkdir -p ~/Library/Application\ Support/TextMate
$ cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/TextMate
$ mkdir -p Bundles/BUNDLE.tmbundle/Macros

Replace BUNDLE with the bundle name (e.g., Source).

Then, install the macros, one by one, using plutil. For instance:

$ plutil -convert binary1 Bundles/Source.tmbundle/Macros/MoveBackwardWord.plist /path/to/this/repo/bundle-hacks/Source/Macros/MoveBackwardWord.xml

Do this for every macro you want to install. Then, either restart TextMate or tell it to reload its bundles. To force TextMate to reload its bundles, you can use the Bundles > Bundle Editor > Reload Bundles, or you can simply run this command:

$ osascript -e 'tell app "TextMate" to bundles'

Specific Macros


Assigns the Command-B shortcut, in source and text files, to move one word left, Emacs-style.

NOTE: Some bundles, like the Markdown bundle, override this binding. In addition, both the Xcode and Make bundles map that key binding to the Build action. If you want this keybinding to take effect, you have to unmap Build in those bundles.


Assigns Command-F to move one word right, Emacs-style. This replaces the default binding of Search, so you�ll have to rebind that key.


Assigns Control-H to deleteBackward (i.e., the same thing the Apple keyboard's Delete key does).

NOTE: Numerous TextMate bundles already use Control-H for help or documentation. To get this rebinding to work, you have to go through each bundle, in the Bundle Editor, and rebind those mappings. (I rebind them to Command-H.)


Assigns Command-D to deleteWordForward, Emacs-style.


The themes are easy enough to use: Simple download the raw tmTheme file and double-click it.

Using a theme with Sublime Text 2

Sublime Text 2 can also use TextMate themes. To install a theme in Sublime Text 2, download the thTheme file and install it in your Packages/User directory. Then, select it, under Preferences > Color Scheme > User. The Packages/User directory is located here:

  • Linux: ~/.config/sublime-text-2/Packages/User/
  • Mac: /Users/bmc/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 2/Packages/User
  • Windows: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 2\Packages\User (NOTE: That's the path on my Windows 7 machine, with username replaced by my user name, and using the non-portable version of Sublime Text 2. YMMV.)