Sublime Text 'Smart' VHDL Package


The goal of this plugin is to provide IDE-like features for VHDL (similar to my other plugin for SystemVerilog) :

Compare to the basic VHDL plugin it already proposes:

  • a proper symbol definition for easy code navigation
  • Some basic indentation definition
  • A complete set of snippets written by https://github.com/ccornish
  • Tooltip to get signal definition on mouse hover
  • Generate a design hierarchy (list of every sub-block) (available in the command panel)

Future features includes code completion (for record, enum, ...), code alignement, block instantiation, ...


Syntax Highlighting:

Syntax highlighting is based on the VHDL bundle for Textmate, with a rework of scope to be aligned with the SystemVerilog plugin and some support of VHDL2008 features

Note: the default color scheme (Monokai) is missing a lot of scope, and might not give the best results. You can try my personal variation of Sunburst : https://bitbucket.org/Clams/sublimesystemverilog/downloads/Sunburst2.tmTheme

Code Navigation:

  • Show signal declaration in tooltip or status bar
  • Show hierarchy of a block (all its sub-block and their sub-block)

Module Instance helper:

  • Instantiation: Select a module from a list and create instantiation and connection

Code Alignement:

  • Align module instantiation


To see all existing configuration option, go to Preferences->Package Settings->SmartVHDL->Settings (Default).

To edit settings open the Settings (User), and add parameter with the value you want.

Keymapping example

To map key to the different feature, simply add the following to your user .sublime-keymap file:

        "keys": ["ctrl+f10"], "command": "vhdl_module_inst",
            { "key": "num_selections", "operator": "equal", "operand": 1 },
            { "key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "source.vhdl"}
        "keys": ["ctrl+shift+a"], "command": "vhdl_align",
            { "key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "source.vhdl"}
        "keys": ["f12"], "command": "vhdl_hierarchy_goto_definition",
            { "key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "text.result-vhdl"}