Package Development

Learn how to customize the theme to fit your needs, preview changes and bundle it as package.

This is a living document which means it is work in progress, not completed yet and can change at any time while the project is still in development major version zero 0.y.z!

This page documents how to develop the theme package — from requirements to .sublime-package packaging and the development workflow steps.


Download and install [Sublime Text] with a minimal version of 3.1.0 Build 3170 (2018-05-07).



Clone the Nord Sublime Text repository from GitHub to your local Packages/User directory located in the settings data path.

git clone

To get the theme without Git, download the repository as ZIP archive file from the GitHub or click on the download button below.


Afterwards extract the archive to your local Packages/User directory located in the settings data path.

Screenshot showing the GitHub repository web UI to download the project repository
GitHub Web UI to download the theme repository as ZIP file from GitHub.

Both methods will use the develop branch to work with the latest development state.


Sublime Text provides auto reload („hot reload“) for themes to immediately see saved changes when editing any of the package's source code files.

Open the extension by adding the cloned/extracted repository directory as project folder through the „Project: Add Folder“ command or opening the directory directly (FileOpen Folder) and set Nord as active color theme like documented in the installation & activation guide.

The theme's source code can now be modified and saved changes will immediately apply to the currently running Sublime Text instance.


Sublime Text packages are stored as compressed .sublime-package file using the ZIP archive file format. To create Nord as package, either add at least the Nord.sublime-color-scheme and Nord.skins files (recommended) or the whole repository to a new ZIP archive file named Nord.sublime-package.

Read the theme documentation about how to install and activate a .sublime-theme package file for more details.