How to Easily Install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 16.04 & Higher

Atom Text Editor

The Atom text editor now is easy to install in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher via the Snap package.

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. 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). Atom was released from beta, as version 1.0, on June 25, 2015. Its developers call it a “hackable text editor for the 21st Century”.

1. For those who are first time installing a Snap package in Ubuntu, first run command (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the snapd daemon:

sudo apt install snapd


2. Then you can install Atom Text Editor easily either via command:

sudo snap install atom --classic


or by using Software Center:


3. (Optional) Once a new release is out, install updates via command:

sudo snap refresh atom

For first time installing a snap app, you may need to restart and then launch the editor from Unity Dash / Start Menu.


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