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Sublime Text 3 Plugin for YCMD
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Sublime Text YouCompleteMe

sublime-ycmd is a Sublime Text 3 plugin that leverages ycmd to generate autocomplete suggestions. To use this plugin, ycmd must be installed.


YcmdCompletion - Based off the ycmd example client. Uses most of the ycmd API. This plugin still does not support all the same features, but there are plans to add them all. Like the example client, this alternative does everything on the main thread, which may lock up the editor.

CppYCM (No longer maintained) - Supports "GoTo" and error highlighting. Again, this plugin still does not support that, but it will be added in later releases. This alternative is limited to C++, but does a really good job at it.


Ensure that ycmd is installed before installing this plugin. See the ycmd README for more information.

Here is an example setup using brew:

brew install cmake

cd ~/Documents
git clone
cd ycmd
git submodule update --init --recursive
./ --clang-completer

Once that's done, install the plugin (search for YouCompleteMe) and edit the settings (Preferences > Package Settings > YouCompleteMe > Preferences). Fill in the path to the ycmd repository, and save it.

For the example above, the settings would look like:

  "ycmd_root_directory": "~/Documents/ycmd"

Language-Specific Features

C Family

This requires that ycmd be built with clang completer support. This also requires a project-specific/global configuration file for ycmd. The easiest way to do that is to create a in the root of the project tree and add the required FlagsForFile method in it.

See the ycmd README for more information.

Here is a minimal example to start with:

def FlagsForFile(*args, **kwargs):
    return {
        'flags': [

Also see docs/ for advanced usage notes.


This should not require any special setup, as ycmd will use Jedi to perform python semantic completions.

If the python binary used to build and run ycmd is not the same as the python binary used in the project/environment, the completions may be slightly off. This can be corrected by updating the "python_binary_path" variable in the ycmd default settings file (ycmd/ycmd/default_settings.json).


This requires that ycmd be built with tern completer support. This also requires a project-specific configuration file for Tern itself. Create a .tern-project file in the root of the project and add the necessary configuration there.

See the Tern docs for more information.

Here is a minimal example for node environments:

  "plugins": {
    "node": {}


Plugin Settings

The supported options are listed in the default settings file. See sublime-ycmd.sublime-settings for more information.

The only required setting is "ycmd_root_directory". Set this to the ycmd repository path, and the plugin will automatically launch it when needed.

NOTE: If YouCompleteMe is already installed for vim, this plugin can use the ycmd repository installed along with it. If installed with Vundle, it would look something like:

  "ycmd_root_directory": "~/.vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe/third_party/ycmd"

YCMD Settings

Server settings are loaded from a separate JSON file. The ycmd repository includes a good set of defaults at ycmd/ycmd/default_settings.json. Either modify that file, or create a copy of it, and use the plugin setting "ycmd_default_settings_path" to point to the copy.

For example, create a copy with custom settings:

cd ~/Documents/ycmd
cp ycmd/default_settings.json ycmd/custom_settings.json

The corresponding plugin settings would be:

  "ycmd_root_directory": "~/Documents/ycmd",
  "ycmd_default_settings_path": "~/Documents/ycmd/ycmd/custom_settings.json"

Eventually, these settings will be brought into the plugin settings. The plugin would then be able to generate the ycmd settings file automatically.


When submitting issues, try to collect log output relating to the problem. Logs can be collected for both the plugin and for ycmd itself.

Use the following plugin settings to collect plugin logs in a separate file:

  "sublime_ycmd_log_level": "debug",
  "sublime_ycmd_log_file": "/tmp/sublime-ycmd.log",

Verbose logs will be appended to "sublime_ycmd_log_file" (/tmp/sublime-ycmd.log in this example). It's likely that the issue will have related errors in these logs.

Use the following plugin settings to generate ycmd logs as well:

  "ycmd_log_level": "debug",
  "ycmd_log_file": true,
  "ycmd_keep_logs": true,

Temporary log files will be generated for each server and retained even after the server exits. These logs are generally not required, but may be useful.


To run the unit-test suite, simply execute tests/

python3 tests/

The tests are not yet complete. It tests some basic low-level operations, but does not test any of the plugin behaviour.


Ensure that unit tests still pass. If possible, ensure that pylint does not report issues.

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