Install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 16.04 (both 32&64bit)

Atom Text Editor

Atom is an open-source text editor designed to be deeply customizable, but still approachable using the default configuration. It’s a “hackable text editor for the 21st century”, built on Electron.

While Atom offers only 64-bit binary packages (.deb) for Ubuntu, here’s how to install Atom in both 32-bit and 64-bit of Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04, and keep it up-to-date by receiving the software updates via Software Updater utility.

Atom text editor feature:

  • Tweak its UI with CSS and add new features with HTML or Javascript
  • Node.js integration
  • Cross-platform support: Windows, Linux, and OS X.
  • A built-in package manager
  • Smart autocompletion
  • Split Atom interface into multiple panes
  • File system browser
  • Find and replace
  • Support themes

How to install Atom in Ubuntu via PPA:

Webupd8 Team is maintaining an unofficial PPA with most recent Atom packages for all current Ubuntu releases, and derivatives. While official Linux binary is 64-bit only, the PPA supports both 32-bit and 64-bit.

1. Add PPA

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom

Type in password when it prompts and hit Enter.

Atom PPA

2. Update and install Atom editor:

Update system package index and install the text editor via command:

sudo apt update; sudo apt install atom


Once Atom is installed and a new release is out in future, you can simply upgrade the editor by running regular system updates via Software Updater utility.

3. (Optional) To remove Atom text editor

To remove the software, use Synaptic Package Manager or just run apt command with remove flag:

sudo apt remove --purge atom

And the PPA can be remove via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. chido gracias

  2. Thanks, it’s work.

  3. Many thanks!

  4. thank. very smart!!

  5. Very nice, thank you. Just what I was looking for.

  6. i’m running it on windows… yay for bash in windows

  7. I think that you should have GNOME or any other kind of GUI in order to run ATOM. Otherwise nano and vim is still a good choice in my opinion 🙂

  8. why do we have to use ppa: webupd8team?

  9. Atom is great! Thanks!

  10. when i write “sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom”
    i get the error “sudo: add-apt-repository: command not found”
    Can you help me please?

    • Type this commands in the terminal for install the software-properties-common package give below for solution :-

      1) sudo apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties

      Then then you add the PPA, update your sources, and upgrade your the package

      2) sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa
      3) sudo apt-get update
      4) sudo apt-get install git

      For solving, sudo add-apt-repository:command not found problem.. 🙂

  11. What is the problem that you are facing

  12. Mrjj Syzygy Masters

    Nice tut. Thank you

  13. sudo apt install atom : does not work (to me)
    sudo apt-get install atom does.