A Timestamp Plugin for Sublime Text 3

Since switching from Windows to a Mac in the middle of developing a new wiki, I lost access to the MarkdownPad Markdown editor – it’s Windows only. One of the nice features of MarkdownPad was the ability to insert a timestamp easily. It’s what I used to insert the creation date and the time of the last modification.

Since the switch, I’ve been using Sublime Text 3 as my editor for Markdown files. I wanted to recreate the ability to insert timestamps with a keystroke.

I found this answer to a similar question on StackOverflow.

Getting a timestamp worked, but it was in the wrong format. (Not really wrong, just an old version that I used based on the MarkdownPad editor.) I wanted to make the the output of the Export function of CWiki as compatible as possible with the input expected by the Hugo static blog generator. That required a different format. For example, as I write this, the ISO 8601 version of the current instant is 2018-03-09T10:26:35.249840-05:00.

Based on that, I added the following little snippet as a plugin for Sublime Text (Tools/Developer/New Plugin…).

import datetime, time, getpass
import sublime, sublime_plugin

from time import gmtime, strftime
from datetime import datetime, timezone

class AddDateCommand(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
   def run(self, edit):
       self.view.run_command("insert_snippet", { "contents": "%s" %  datetime.now().strftime("%d %B %Y (%A)") } )

class AddTimeCommand(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
   def run(self, edit):
       self.view.run_command("insert_snippet", { "contents": "%s" %  datetime.now().strftime("%H:%M") } )

class AddOldTimestampCommand(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
   def run(self, edit):
       self.view.run_command("insert_snippet", { "contents": "%s" %  datetime.now().strftime("%m/%d/%Y %I:%M:%S %p") } )

class AddTimestampCommand(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
   def run(self, edit):
       self.view.run_command("insert_snippet", { "contents": "%s" %  (datetime.now(timezone.utc).astimezone().isoformat() )} )

The AddOldTimestampCommand produces timestamp formatting that is almost exactly the same as that used by MarkdownPad.

The AddTimestampCommand produces the ISO format used by the export function and Hugo.

Then I added the following code to my key preferences (Sublime Text/Preferences/Key Bindings)

  { "keys": ["alt+m"], "command": "markdown_preview", "args": {"target": "browser", "parser":"markdown"} },
  { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+,"], "command": "add_date" },
  { "keys": ["ctrl+shift+."], "command": "add_time" },
  { "keys": ["alt+shift+t"], "command": "add_old_timestamp" },
  { "keys": ["alt+t"], "command": "add_timestamp" }

Viola! Now I can insert timestamps into my front matter to my heart’s content.