How to Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Atom text editor on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

Atom is a cross-platform, sophisticated IDE text/code editor for folks who need decent editor with cool features like context-aware auto-completion, code navigation features such as an outline view, document formatting, file system browser, works with Git and GitHub directly and much more.

Whether you are new to programming or a seasoned programmer, you will need a great code editor to do your job…… and Atom IDE is a code editor that combines the simplicity and speed for any developer…..

For more about Atom IDE, please check its homepage.

And because it’s a cross-platform app that works on Windows, Mac Linux PC, it should work and allow you to move between different PC platforms.

When you’re ready to install Atom on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:  There are multiple ways to install Atom IDE.

Option #1: Install Atom IDE from Repository

To install Atom using its official repository, you’ll have to add it to Ubuntu…. You can install the app from Ubuntu default repositories… however, the version that comes with Ubuntu may not necessarily be the latest.

First run the commands below to install supporting packages. To ensure apt is set up to work with https sources, run the commands below.

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

Next, run the commands below to add its repository key and create a repository file.

wget -q https://packagecloud.io/AtomEditor/atom/gpgkey -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://packagecloud.io/AtomEditor/atom/any/ any main"

Finally, run the commands below to install.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install atom

That should install Atom Text. When you’re done, Atom Text should be installed and ready to use.

To launch it, go to the Activities Overview and search Atom Text and launch it.

Atom editor

Option #2: Install Atom IDE via Snap

If the option above didn’t work for you… you can also install Atom Text via Snap package management.  

This might be the quickest way to install Atom Text.

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install atom --classic

Congratulations!

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