Install Atom 1.6.0 A Hackable Text and Source Code Editor for Linux

Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for Linux, OS X and Windows. It’s modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core, a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file. Atom support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub also thousands of open source packages that add new features and functionality to Atom. Latest version of Atom 1.6.0 released on March 17, 2016.

Atom Features

  • Cross-platform editing :Atom works across operating systems. You can use it on OS X, Windows, or Linux.
  • Built-in package manager :Search for and install new packages or start creating your own, all from within Atom.
  • Smart autocompletion :Atom helps you write code faster with a smart, flexible autocomplete.
  • File system browser :Easily browse and open a single file, a whole project, or multiple projects in one window.
  • Multiple panes :Split your Atom interface into multiple panes to compare and edit code across files.
  • Find and replace :Find, preview, and replace text as you type in a file or across all your projects.
  • Packages :You choose from thousands of open source packages that add new features and functionality to Atom or build a package from scratch and publish it for everyone else to use.
  • Themes :Atom comes pre-installed with four UI and eight syntax themes in both dark and light colors. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also install themes created by the Atom community or create your own.

1) Install Atom in Linux

We can install Atom text editor to all major Linux Distribution by firing the below commands into our systems. Also visit the atom github page for atom download.

# For Ubuntu/Debian/LinuxMint #
$ wget

# Install .deb package #
$ sudo dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb

# For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora #
$ wget

# Install dependency package #
$ sudo zypper in lsb-core-noarch

# Install .rpm package #
$ sudo rpm -ivh atom.x86_64.rpm

See the below screen shot of Atom 1.3.2 taken from Fedora 23.

2) Install Atom via PPA

For Ubuntu/LinuxMint users can install Atom 1.3.1 by adding below PPA’s into system.

# Adding Atom PPA #
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom

# Update Repository index #
$ sudo apt-get update

# Install Atom #
$ sudo apt-get install atom

# Remove Atom #
$ sudo apt-get remove atom


Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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