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You can download TextMate from here.


You can use the TextMate mailing list or #textmate IRC channel on freenode.net for questions, comments, and bug reports.

You can also contact MacroMates.

Before you submit a bug report please read the writing bug reports instructions.





To bootstrap the build you need to run ./configure (in the root of the source tree). You can set a few (environment) variables read by this script that change the generated build file:

  • builddir — location of built files. Defaults to ~/build/TextMate.
  • identity — for Apple’s codesign. Defaults to ad-hoc signing, which does not use an identity at all.
  • boostdir — location of boost includes. By default it will search various locations including MacPorts and Homebrew.

In the simplest case you would run:

git clone https://github.com/textmate/textmate.git
cd textmate
git submodule update --init
./configure && ninja

Please note that if you downloaded the source code (rather than cloned via git) you likely miss the submodules and the build will therefore fail.


To build the source the following must first be installed on your system:

  • ninja — build system similar to make
  • ragel — state machine compiler
  • boost — portable C++ source libraries
  • multimarkdown — marked-up plain text compiler
  • mercurial — distributed SCM system

To install using MacPorts run:

sudo port install ninja ragel boost multimarkdown mercurial

If port fails with a build error then likely you need to agree (system-wide) to Apple’s Xcode license:

sudo xcodebuild -license

You can also install the above using homebrew:

brew install ragel boost multimarkdown hg ninja

In practice hg (mercurial) is only required for the SCM library’s tests so you can skip this dependency if you don’t mind a failing test.

OS X 10.7 (Lion)

If you are on OS X 10.7 you need pgrep and pkill (used by the “relaunch” build targets). To install using MacPorts:

sudo port install proctools

Or using homebrew:

brew install proctools

Clang 3.2 / 4.0

You also need a recent version of clang. This should be included with Xcode 4.4+ available for both Lion and Mountain Lion.

If you have multiple versions of Xcode installed, be sure to run sudo xcode-select -switch so that ./configure finds the most recent.

We also require the libc++ library, so while you can install clang from MacPorts or Homebrew, you’d need to also install this library (or make it use the one from Xcode).

Building from within TextMate

You should install the Ninja and CxxTest bundles. Both can be installed via PreferencesBundles.

After this you can press ⌘B to build from within TextMate. In case you haven't already you also need to set up the PATH variable either in PreferencesVariables or ~/.tm_properties so it can find ninja and related tools; an example could be $PATH:/opt/local/bin.

The default target is TextMate/run. This will relaunch TextMate but when called from within TextMate, a dialog will appear before the current instance is killed. As there is full session restore, it is safe to relaunch even with unsaved changes.

If the current file is a test file then the target to build is changed to build the library to which the test belongs (this is done by setting TM_NINJA_TARGET in the .tm_properties file found in the root of the source tree).

Similarly, if the current file belongs to an application target (other than TextMate.app) then TM_NINJA_TARGET is set to build and run this application.

Build Targets

The build system classifies a target either as a library or an application. The latter can either be a bundled or non-bundled application. E.g. mate is non-bundled (just a mate executable) where TextMate.app is a bundled application.

For each output there are a few symbolic targets you can build. While the examples below refer to a specific library or application, they exist for all targets of same type.

For the io library:

ninja io                 # Build the io library and run tests.
ninja io/coerce          # Build the io library and skip tests.
ninja io/clean           # Remove the build folder for the io library.
ninja io/headers         # Copy exported headers to $builddir/include.

For the mate (non-bundled) application:

ninja mate               # Build the mate executable.
ninja mate/run           # Build and run the mate executable.
ninja mate/clean         # Remove the build folder for the mate executable.

For the TextMate.app application:

ninja TextMate           # Build and sign TextMate.app.
ninja TextMate/run       # Build, sign, and run TextMate.app.
ninja TextMate/clean     # Remove the build folder for TextMate.app.
ninja TextMate/dsym      # Create a tarball with extracted dSYM files.
ninja TextMate/tbz       # Create a tarball of TextMate.app. Also produce the dsym tarball.
ninja TextMate/deploy    # Push a nightly build. Fails without proper credentials :)

Note that ninja TextMate/clean only cleans the TextMate build folder ($builddir/Applications/TextMate) but all libraries and applications it depends on, are not cleaned.

To clean everything run:

ninja -t clean


The source for TextMate is released under the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

TextMate is a trademark of Allan Odgaard.