Documentation Portable License Keys

Sublime Text 3 stores license keys in a format specific to the computer it's entered on. In some scenarios, such as a home directory that's shared between multiple computers, this can cause difficulties.

This can be worked around by manually saving the license key as plain text, which Sublime Text will read from, but not write to.


  1. Create a new file in Sublime Text, and paste your license key in.
  2. Save this file as License.sublime_license. The location depends on your operating system:

    • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Sublime Text 3\Local
    • OSX: ~/Library/Application Support/Sublime Text 3/Local
    • Linux: ~/.config/sublime-text-3/Local

  3. Run Sublime Text, and verify that it's running in registered mode (i.e., there's no UNREGISTERED text in the title bar)

Network Deployment

If you are installing Sublime Text for a group of users, and wish to pre-enter the license key, then you'll want to follow the above steps, ensuring that each user gets the License.sublime_license file written to the correct location for them. Alternatively, simply have each user enter the license key themselves.

Under Windows, the installer can be run in the background using the /SILENT flag.