How to add Buildozer build system to Sublime Text

If you develop Android applications with Sublime Text, you might find it useful to use its built-in building system to debug your application instead of switching every time to a terminal. I made a simple build system config file which allows you to do the most common operations without leaving the editor.

The build system

  1. First, open Tools > Build System > New Build System…. A new file will open.
  2. Paste the content of this gist into the window.
  3. Go to Save; add a new directory named Buildozer; save the file into that directory and name it Buildozer.sublime-build

Done! Now go to your Buildozer application, reopen Tools > Build System and you should find a new option waiting to be enabled!

The keyboard shortcuts

Now, if you want my custom keyboard shortcuts too, you need to follow just a few more steps.

  1. Go to Preferences > Key Bindings – User.
  2. Paste the content of this gist into that file.
  3. Save and done!

The keybindings are the following:

  • Ctrl+B: will build the project in debug mode.
  • Ctrl+Shift+B: will run the script in the current file’s directory (useful to run the program even while editing the .kv file).
  • Super+R: will build the project in release mode; you will need to sign it before using it.
  • Super+B: will build the project in debug mode, push it to the connected ADB devices and run it.
  • Super+Shift+B: same as above, but instead of rebuilding it, it will push and run an existing build.
  • Super+E: will serve the bin directory through HTTP. Remember to stop the server from Tools > Cancel Build once you have downloaded the files on your device.

(note: Super is usually the “Windows” or the “Command” key in most keyboards, unless you changed its logo like I did 😉 )

Kv Syntax Highlighting

Just a little cherry on top: syntax highlighting on Kv. The Kivy team has already prepared that for us: let’s install it!

  1. Go to Tools > New Plugin…
  2. Delete the default content of the file and paste the content of this file.
  3. Go to Save; add a new directory named Kivy and save this file into it; name it kivy.tmLanguage

Done! Now go to your .kv, press the syntax highlighting menu on the bottom right and select Kivy Language 🙂

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Have fun! 🙂


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