Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: Objective-C++
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Tags: Editors    
Latest version: v2.0.15

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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 build TextMate, you need the following:

All this can be installed using either Homebrew or MacPorts:

# Homebrew
brew install boost capnp google-sparsehash multimarkdown ninja ragel

# MacPorts
sudo port install boost capnproto multimarkdown ninja ragel sparsehash

After installing dependencies, make sure you have a full checkout (including submodules) and then run ./configure followed by ninja, for example:

git clone --recursive https://github.com/textmate/textmate.git
cd textmate
./configure && ninja TextMate/run

The ./configure script simply checks that all dependencies can be found, and then calls bin/rave to bootstrap a build.ninja file with default config set to release and default target set to TextMate.

Building from within TextMate

You should install the Ninja bundle which 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:/usr/local/bin.

The default target (set in .tm_properties) 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

For the TextMate.app application there are two symbolic build targets:

ninja TextMate      # Build and sign TextMate
ninja TextMate/run  # Build, sign, and (re)launch TextMate

To clean everything run:

ninja -t clean

Or simply delete ~/build/TextMate.


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.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the TextMate README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.