Are you looking for a code editor that does it all? Here’s how you can install GitHub’s Atom text editor in Ubuntu 16.04+ with either a deb package or PPA.

Atom text editor is a free and open source editor developed for coders. Atom makes it simple to write code for many languages including JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

The text editor comes loaded with features that many coders have come to expect. Such as smart auto-completion, cross-platform editing, file system browser, and multiple panes. But the most standout feature is Atom’s built-in package manager. It allows you to easily find and install packages to help expand Atoms functionality.

The themes in Atom can also be changed. You can change both the editor themes as well as the syntax theme. Making Atom text editor one truly customizable text editor.

How to install Atom in Ubuntu with PPAs

  1. To begin installing Atom, you will need to open a new terminal window. You can do this with the hotkeys Ctrl + Alt + T or search for the terminal in the Unity Dash menu.

  2. First, you will need to add the PPA to your system. Copy and paste the following command into the terminal and hit enter.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
  3. Enter your password when prompted. This is to allow the system changes. Also, note that no visual cues will show while entering the password.

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  1. With the PPA added, you can then update your package list. Copy and paste the following command into the terminal to update.

    sudo apt-get update
  2. With the package list updated you can now install Atom. Enter the following command into the terminal and hit enter.

    sudo apt-get install atom

How to install Atom in Ubuntu with deb package

  1. First, you will need to download the deb package. You can find this on Atom’s official page atom.io
  2. Once downloaded, run the deb package by double clicking it. This will launch Ubuntu Software.
  3. With Ubuntu Software open, click the install button to install Atom.

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Amber Belle

Avid Ubuntu user with a soft spot for everything open source. I have been using Linux distributions my entire life, and I have been using Ubuntu since as far back as I can remember. My ideal setup