Monday, July 29, 2013

Compiling Node.js scripts in Windows 7 with Sublime Text 3

This is a continuation of Compiling CPP 11 Programs with Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu where we saw how to configure Sublime Text 3 in Ubuntu 13.04 to compile C++ 11 programs. In this post, we ll see how to execute Node.js programs in Windows 7 machine's Sublime Text 3. I am going to assume that Node.js is installed properly and PATH variable is also set properly. If you are using Windows Installer, we dont have to worry about this.

  1. We need to create the following directory structure in the User's home directory AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 3\Packages\JS\. In my machine, home directory is C:\Users\[username]. To know the current user's home directory, open Cmd.exe and type echo %userprofile%.
  2. In that directory, create a file called "JS.sublime-build". So, the location of the file from the home directory is AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 3\Packages\JS\JS.sublime-build You can name the sublime-build file as anything you want. I have simply named it here as JS.
  3. Copy and paste the following text in to it.
     "cmd": ["node.exe", "${file}"],
     "file_regex": "^(..[^:]*):([0-9]+):?([0-9]+)?:? (.*)$",
     "working_dir": "${file_path}",
     "selector": "source.js",
       "name": "Run",
       "cmd":["node.exe", "${file}"]
  4. Thats it. Open Sublime Text 3. Click on Tools->Build System. You should see JS as one of the options. From now on, you can execute node.js scripts simply by pressing Ctrl-B.

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