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Commands are ubiquitous in Sublime Text: key bindings, menu items and macros all work through the command system. They are found in other places too.

Some commands are implemented in the editor's core, but many of them are provided as Python plugins. Every command can be called from a Python plugin.

Command Dispatching

Normally, commands are bound to the application object, a window object or a view object. Window objects, however, will dispatch commands based on input focus, so you can issue a view command from a window object and the correct view instance will be found for you.

Anatomy of a Command

Commands have a name separated by underscores (snake_case) like hot_exit, and can take a dictionary of arguments whose keys must be strings and whose values must be JSON types. Here are a few examples of commands run from the Python console:

view.run_command("goto_line", {"line": 10})
view.run_command('insert_snippet', {"contents": "<$SELECTION>"})

From command line (CLI)

Commands may be passed to Sublime Text directly from the command line of the operating system. Usage:

subl --command 'show_overlay {"overlay": "command_palette", "text": "hello"}'
# on Windows:
sublime-text.exe --command "show_overlay {\"overlay\": \"command_palette\", \"text\": \"hello\"}"