Install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04

(Last Updated On: August 14, 2018)

In this post I will show you how to install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04.  Atom is an awesome text editor that is highly expandable.

What is Atom?

Atom is a great GUI text editor that you can install on most any system.  It touts itself as the hackable text editor because it is open source and you are free to hack away at the code to suit your needs.

What makes Atom really cool is how extendable it is due to its many packages.

There are packages for most programming languages including linter support.

In addition, there are many themes to suit almost any color preference you might have.

Make sure that you have a fully updated installation of Ubuntu Desktop 18.04.

# apt update && apt upgrade -y

Install Dependencies

Next, we need to install a couple of dependencies so that Atom will install correctly.

# apt install git gconf2

Now we can download and install Atom.

Download the Atom Package

Next to install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04 we need to download the Debian Package for Atom.

# wget

Finally, we can install the package using dpkg:

# dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb

After the installation is complete you can find it in the launcher

Install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04

Click on the icon and you will see your new Atom text editor:

Atom running in Ubuntu 18.04

Installing Packages

To install a package in Atom and extend its capabilities click on Edit -> Preferences.

Next click on Packages to load the packages screen.

To install a package use the Search Packages text box.  For example, if we are going to use Atom to edit Rust Language source code we can search for rust.

Simply click on the Install button for the packages you want to add.

To view your currently installed packages click on Packages on the left.

Installing Themes

You install themes the same way you do packages except click on the Themes button.


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