Friendly Interactive Shell (fish)

A Sublime Text package for the friendly interactive shell. It features a robust syntax highlighting scheme that mimics the native highlighting behaviour of fish.

The package currently supports up to fish version: 3.2

Note: ST3 support will cease in a future release. ST2 support is capped at fish 2.7 with a limited set of the following features.


  • Snippets for common constructs.
  • Extensive syntax highlighting:
  • Indent and prettify: Reformat the active file with fish_indent:
    • Use ctrl+alt+i or your build system shortcut (eg, ctrl+b).
    • Optional setting to run automatically when file is saved.


Via Package Control

Install Package Control, then go to Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) > Package Control: Install Package > fish.


Clone the repository to your Packages directory and rename it to fish.

cd /path/to/sublime/packages/directory
git clone
mv sublime-fish fish

Open a .fish file and verify the selected syntax is "Fish".


As of release 3.0.0, a fish script (for example, fish-shell/share/functions/ will look something like:

Screenshot of text in Monokai

Figure 1: Default Monokai colour scheme

Screenshot of text in custom Monokai

Figure 2: Example custom Monokai colour scheme formatting additional scopes

Exposed scopes

fish construct Scope name
Unquoted string meta.string.unquoted
Command name
Parameters meta.function-call.parameter.option/argument
File path (in argument) meta.function-call.parameter.argument.path
File path (in redirection) meta.function-call.operator.redirection.path
Redirection meta.function-call.operator.redirection.{stdin,stdout,stderr}.{explicit,implicit} and keyword.operator.redirect.{truncate,append}
Job expansion meta.function-call.parameter.argument.job-expansion and punctuation.definition.job
Process expansion meta.function-call.parameter.argument.process-expansion and punctuation.definition.process
Variable expansion meta.variable-expansion and punctuation.definition.variable
Command substitution meta.parens.command-substitution and punctuation.section.parens.begin/end
Index expansion meta.brackets.index-expansion and punctuation.section.brackets.begin/end
Brace expansion meta.braces.brace-expansion and punctuation.section.braces.begin/separator/end
Wildcard expansion meta.wildcard-expansion and keyword.operator.question-mark/single-star/double-star
Home directory expansion keyword.operator.tilde

Branches and releases

Support for different ST major versions is separated between several branches:

  • master: Plugins compatible with ST4, and syntax provides highlighting for the currently supported version of fish (see top of page).
  • st3: Plugins compatible with ST3 and above (via backwards compatibility features), and syntax provides highlighting for fish versions between 2.7 and 3.2.
  • st2: Plugins only compatible with ST2, syntax uses the more limited tmLanguage scheme instead of sublime-syntax, and provides highlighting for fish 2.7 only.

The particular fish major version supported by a tagged release is indicated by the version number:

  • The 2.x.x series (on st2 and st3) only supports fish 2.7.
  • The 3.x.x series (on st3 and master) includes support for fish 3.0 and beyond.



  • PackageDev, only for ST2 development and changing the tmPreferences file.

ST2 development: The source file of the syntax is fish.YAML-tmLanguage. When editing this file, "compile" it with the PackageDev build system to automatically generate the fish.tmLanguage file which is used by Sublime Text 2.

ST3+ development: The source file of the syntax is fish.sublime-syntax.

Guide for contributing is located here.


The first Sublime Text fish syntax highlighter was by toru hamaguchi. When that project became unmaintained, @Phidica fully rewrote the schema and replaced the links on Package Control.

Sublime Fish

A robust Sublime Text syntax package for fish

Sublime Fish Info

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🕒 Last Updatea year ago
🕒 Created6 years ago
🐞 Open Issues1
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😎 AuthorPhidica