Install Atom Text Editor in Linux

Atom text editor

I have been using Vim text editor for many years on all of my devices. But recently I started learning Web Development and felt the need for an easy to use text editor on which I can directly open my projects by using drag and drop functionality and start working without touching any configuration.

“Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies.”


For a successful installation, type/ paste following commands in your favorite terminal application.

1. Perform system update:

Arch-based systems:

sudo pacman -Syu


sudo dnf update


sudo eix-sync

following command just sync’s portage tree.


sudo zypper ref

sudo zypper up


sudo eopkg up

Ubuntu/ Debian based systems:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

In this tutorial, we will be installing atom using snap.

As of now, snap is available on systems like Arch LinuxDebian, FedoraGentoo, Linux MintManjaroOpenSUSESolus, and Ubuntu.

2. Install atom using snap:

sudo snap install atom –classic

atom installition

After successful installation, you can launch the editor from your favorite application menu by searching for ‘atom’ or using shortcut keys alt+F2.

Atom text editor
Screenshot of Atom text editor

When a new version is out, you can update it by using the following command:

sudo snap refresh atom

I hope this tutorial has helped you install Atom text editor on your Linux Box. If you have any doubts, find any grammatical errors, or want to request any tutorial, feel free to make use of comments section. Thanks for reading!


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