This is a guide showing how to install Sublime Text from the Sublime debian repo and then what to do to ensure you can pin it to Plank dock (could well be required for other docks like Docky too).
Install sublime from the repo (sublimes docs on install https://www.sublimetext.com/docs/3/linux_repositories.html)
I’m running a minimal system to had to install apt-transport-https as a prerequisite for the Sublime repo.
sudo apt install apt-transport-https
Get the sublime repo public key
wget -qO - https://download.sublimetext.com/sublimehq-pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
Create the repo in your /etc/apt/source.list.d directory
echo "deb https://download.sublimetext.com/ apt/dev/" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sublime-text.list
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install sublime-text
Create a symbolic link to the sublime binary called “sublime” in /usr/bin
sudo ln -s /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text /usr/bin/sublime
Edit the existing icon properties file for sublime (necessary to allow it to be pinned to the dock in Plank)
Update ‘Exec’ paths to be “sublime”. Below is my finished /usr/share/applications/sublime_text.desktop file
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Sublime Text GenericName=Text Editor Comment=Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose Exec=sublime %F Terminal=false MimeType=text/plain; Icon=sublime-text Categories=TextEditor;Development; StartupNotify=true Actions=Window;Document; [Desktop Action Window] Name=New Window Exec=sublime -n OnlyShowIn=Unity; [Desktop Action Document] Name=New File Exec=sublime --command new_file OnlyShowIn=Unity;
You should now be instantly able to ‘keep in dock’ in Plank when Sublime is running now.