Is there an automated way to insert line breaks at every point where the text is currently wrapping? After this operation, no lines should be wrapped, but it should look visually identical.


Create a plugin for this. Select Tools » New Plugin… and enter the following script:

import sublime, sublime_plugin

class WrapLinesExCommand(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
    def run(self, edit):
        wrap_column = 0

        if self.view.settings().get('word_wrap') == False:
            # wrapping is disabled, do nothing

        if self.view.settings().get('wrap_width') == 0:
            # compute wrap column from viewport width
            wrap_column = int(self.view.viewport_extent()[0] / self.view.em_width())
            wrap_column = self.view.settings().get('wrap_width')

        e = self.view.begin_edit()
        rewrap(self.view, e, wrap_column)

def rewrap(v, e, column):
    # 0-indexed current line
    current_line_no = 0

    # RHS expression is line count, can change whenever we create a new one
    while current_line_no < v.rowcol(v.size())[0] + 1:
        # where current line drawing starts
        current_line_coords = v.text_to_layout(v.text_point(current_line_no, 0))

        # rightmost character drawn in current viewport
        textpos = v.layout_to_text((v.em_width() * (column), current_line_coords[1]))

        # physical line boundaries as absolute text positions
        current_line = v.line(textpos)

        if textpos < current_line.b:
            # the current line spans multiple rows, so insert a newline at the wrap column

            textpos = v.layout_to_text((v.em_width() * (column), current_line_coords[1]))
            next_line_indent = v.text_to_layout(textpos+1)[0]

            # TODO why -1?
            next_line_indent_chars = int(next_line_indent/(v.em_width()))-1
            # determine how to indent the following line based on how wide the wrapping indents and what the current tab/spaces settings are
            if v.settings().get('translate_tabs_to_spaces') and v.settings().get('use_tab_stops'):
                next_line_indent_chars = next_line_indent_chars / v.settings().get('tab_size')
                next_line_indent_string = '\t' * next_line_indent_chars
                next_line_indent_string = ' ' * next_line_indent_chars

            # insert newline and spacing at wrap column (sublime hides actual line endings from editor, therefore it's always LF)
            v.insert(e, textpos, '\n' + next_line_indent_string)
            # only continue to the next line if we didn't edit the current line
            current_line_no = current_line_no + 1

Save e.g. as wrap_lines_ex_command.py in the default (User) directory.

To make this accessible from the menu bar, select the Browse Packages… menu item, navigate to the User folder, and edit Main.sublime-menu (creating it if necessary) as described in this answer so it contains text like e.g. the following:

        "id": "edit",
            {"id": "wrap"},
            {"command": "wrap_lines_ex", "caption": "Wrap All Lines"}



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Of course, in this case, due to comments being wrapped as well, the code will no longer work. But that's behavior as design per the question.


Years later, there are ready-made packages (plug-ins) for this kind of thing. They might not satisfy your request exactly (to match the current wrapping shown in your window), but you can set which column you want to wrap at in their preferences.


GitHub page


  1. Open Sublime Text 2 or 3.
  2. Press command-shift-p (Mac OS X) or ctrl-shift-p (Windows) to open the Command Palette, type "install," and select the option to Install Package Control.
  3. Open the Command Palette again, type "install" again, and select the option to Install a Package.
  4. Start typing and then select sublime-wrap-text.


  1. Select the text in question.
  2. Press command+alt+q (Mac OS X) or alt+q (Windows).

See the GitHub page for more usage nuances and how to set preferences.



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After (I just highlighted all of the text and hit alt+q)

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Another similar package is Sublime-Wrap-Statement

GitHub page

I have not tried this one myself, but you can give it a try if you like.

  • aah, this works like charm, have been searching a lot for a couple of days... – Rohith Yeravothula Mar 31 at 4:39

At the moment, it would appear that this feature is not included in Sublime Text 2's preferences (you can see for yourself in Default/Preferences.sublime-settings). It is possible to use a configuration option like"line_padding_bottom": 4 (where 4 is the number of pixels you want beneath each line) for reading clarity on all lines, but it is not possible to selectively apply different line padding depending on whether or not the line is wrapped.

You may wish to submit a feature request on Sublime Text 2's forum. I know I would appreciate this functionality as well, if it's reasonable to implement.

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