How To Install Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Atom is an open source, cross-platform code editor developed by GitHub. It has a built-in package manager, embedded Git control, smart autocompletion, syntax highlighting and multiple panes. Under the hood Atom is a desktop application built on Electron using HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js.

Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies. Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained. Atom is based on Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell), a framework that enables cross-platform desktop applications using Chromium and Node.js. It is written in CoffeeScript and Less. It can also be used as an integrated development environment (IDE).

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.

Install Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget

Step 2. Installing Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu 18.04.

First, download its debian (64bit) package from its official site. Open the terminal and use following wget command:


Install downloaded debian package along with its required dependencies:

dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb
apt-get install -f

Now that Atom is installed on your Ubuntu system you can launch it either from the command line by typing code or by clicking on the Atom icon (Activities -> Atom).

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Atom. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Atom Text Editor web site.

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