You can download TextMate from here.
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
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.
sparsedir— location of sparsehash includes. By default it will search various locations including MacPorts and Homebrew.
CXX— C and C++ compiler.
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
- ragel — state machine compiler
- boost — portable C++ source libraries
- sparsehash — A cache friendly hash_map
- multimarkdown — marked-up plain text compiler
- mercurial — distributed SCM system
- Cap’n Proto — serialization library
- LibreSSL - OpenBSD fork of OpenSSL
sudo port install ninja ragel boost multimarkdown mercurial sparsehash libressl
port fails with a build error then likely you need to agree (system-wide) to Apple’s Xcode license:
sudo xcodebuild -license
To install using homebrew run:
brew install ragel boost multimarkdown hg ninja capnp google-sparsehash libressl
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
pkill (used by the “relaunch” build targets). To install using MacPorts:
sudo port install proctools
Or using homebrew:
brew install proctools
Building from within TextMate
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 Preferences → Variables or
~/.tm_properties so it can find
ninja and related tools; an example could be
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
TM_NINJA_TARGET is set to build and run this application.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.