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Emacs vs Sublime Text: What are the differences?

Emacs: The extensible self-documenting text editor. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing; Sublime Text: A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform..

Emacs and Sublime Text can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Emacs are:

  • Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.
  • Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.
  • Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.

On the other hand, Sublime Text provides the following key features:

  • Goto Anything
  • Multiple Selections
  • Command Palette

"Vast array of extensions" is the primary reason why developers consider Emacs over the competitors, whereas "Lightweight" was stated as the key factor in picking Sublime Text.

According to the StackShare community, Sublime Text has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1406 company stacks & 1333 developers stacks; compared to Emacs, which is listed in 99 company stacks and 73 developer stacks.

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What is Emacs?

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.

What is Sublime Text?

Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.

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    What are some alternatives to Emacs and Sublime Text?
    Atom
    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
    Eclipse
    Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
    Vim
    Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
    Spacemacs
    Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
    Visual Studio Code
    Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
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    Reviews of Emacs and Sublime Text
    Avatar of Shivafeb17
    Senior Web Developer at Adjetter Media Network Pvt Ltd
    Review ofSublime TextSublime Text

    There are many Text Editors and IDEs available for PHP. Sublime Text is the best of all. I have tried other Text Editors, but Sublime does not leave me at all. I'm used to it and keep using till the end.

    How developers use Emacs and Sublime Text
    Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
    Ana Phi Sancho uses Sublime TextSublime Text

    Self taught : acquired knowledge or skill on one's own initiative.Switching between projects is also lightning fast. Clean interface, quick startup, superb flexibility and powerful features. Platform: OSX 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, Linux

    Avatar of Dan Ward
    Dan Ward uses Sublime TextSublime Text

    My favorite code editor. So much power and elegance in one package, and more plugins than you can shake a stick at! And the Package Control package manager makes it easy to keep up with them all.

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    A. M. Douglas uses Sublime TextSublime Text

    It's simple and very malleable. You can use it anywhere. You can customise it to behave as you want it to behave, look as you want it to look. And you can use it on any desktop operating system.

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    David Flynn uses Sublime TextSublime Text

    We use this as it has some great text editing capabilities and a real time saver for when working on various data related tasks. This is simply a great text editor.

    Avatar of Cooperative Computing
    Cooperative Computing uses Sublime TextSublime Text

    We found Sublime Text as the best text editor on the web. It's fast, reliable, cheap and have tons of extensions available with a big supportive community.

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    Yoandy Rodriguez uses EmacsEmacs

    Emacs is my text editor/frontend to git/ blog editor/ filesystem explorer/ tool for editing remote files.

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses EmacsEmacs

    'The' editor for erlang/otp-systems, integrates niceley with git.

    Avatar of Ismael Arenzana
    Ismael Arenzana uses EmacsEmacs

    Editor of choice. Vi fanboys please don't comment.

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