How can I make Sublime Text (3) re-load the file currently being edited, to take into account changes having been made externally?

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    It does automatically already. I am looking a solution to prevent it.
    – atilkan
    Apr 5, 2016 at 0:01
  • @atilkan always_prompt_for_file_reload has to be set to true in settings. Feb 26 at 13:25

4 Answers 4


To re-load the current file, you can revert the file, either through the menu entry File | Revert File or through the command File: Revert (open the command palette by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P and type revert).

To make it easier in the future, you can bind a shortcut to the revert command, for example F5, simply by adding an entry to your key bindings (Preferences | Key Bindings - User):

    "keys": ["f5"],
    "command": "revert"
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    "revert"?! Uggh. I thought that did something else. Thanks!
    – Wes Alvaro
    Apr 1, 2015 at 2:32
  • Reverting causes the file to go blank :( Sublime build 3114. Jul 28, 2016 at 11:47
  • Right answer, but this keybind is unwise a bit
    – Apeiron
    Sep 26, 2016 at 9:50
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    @Apeiron why do you say the keybind is unwise? Feb 17, 2017 at 18:56
  • this does not reload files loaded via FTPS
    – snh_nl
    Mar 29, 2020 at 9:37

Although there is an accepted answer, it requires that we have to refresh manually everytime by pressing F5. Try this package Auto Refresh here. This automatically refreshes the file in x seconds which is configurable.

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    I'm guessing "automatic" was the original intention of the question though not explicitly stated.
    – Pete Alvin
    Mar 26, 2016 at 10:14

Though asked more than a year ago: you can also use "File->Reopen with encoding..." command. Note, all your changes made so far will be discarded while performing reload/revert

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    how can we do this to all files, not just individually, manually? and how can we make it do this right away, rather than having to trigger it manually after a merge or checkout?
    – ahnbizcad
    Nov 30, 2015 at 22:33
  • What's the point of making such a note. How do I open a door? Well, you open a door, but note the door will be open. Wow. Thanks.
    – poige
    Feb 2, 2018 at 10:56

In addition, I just realized that when switching from the search bar to the main editor panel, it refresh the view.

So ctrl+F then escape.

Not the best, but no configuration or clicking required. Also, I would expect it not to work if you have unsaved edition.

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