How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu

In this article, we will learn How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu. The Atom text editor is an open-source text editor. This is a cross-platform application available for all major operating systems like Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS. The main purpose of the Atom Text Editor is to use this application for programming and hacking purposes, it can also be used to edit the source code of any program or web application. Github has written this application using the Javascript and CoffeeScript programming language under the 2014 MIT license.

How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 18.04
How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu

Follow the below Steps to Install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu:

There is no Atom text editor under the Ubuntu default repository. So to install Atom Text Editor you must first install the third-party repository. We have a very famous and useful third-party repository that means webupd8team. This repository provides useful tools and applications for the Ubuntu operating system. So follow the following command to install the webupd8team repository.

mangesh@ubuntu:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
[sudo] password for mangesh:
Please use the official repository instead:

PPA for Atom text editor:

Now available for both 32bit and 64bit!

More info, report packaging bugs, feedback, etc.:

Report non-packaging Atom bugs here:
More info:
Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.

Get:1 bionic InRelease [15.4 kB]
Get:2 bionic-security InRelease [88.7 kB]
Hit:3 bionic InRelease
Get:4 bionic/main i386 Packages [620 B]
Get:5 bionic-security/main i386 Packages [274 kB]

After installing the Webupd8team repository, we need to update all installed packages and repositories on Ubuntu. To do so you can use the following command.

mangesh@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit:1 bionic InRelease
Hit:2 bionic-security InRelease
Hit:3 bionic InRelease
Get:5 bionic-backports InRelease [74.6 kB]
Get:4 bionic-updates InRelease [88.7 kB]

Now we are ready to install Atom Text Editor package. So let’s go ahead and install the same using the below command.

mangesh@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install atom
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be upgraded:
libpython2.7 libpython2.7-minimal libpython2.7-stdlib
3 upgraded, 14 newly installed, 0 to remove and 537 not upgraded.
Need to get 92.5 MB/97.4 MB of archives.
After this operation, 134 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 bionic/main amd64 atom amd64 1.26.1-1~webupd8~0 [86.7 MB]
Get:2 bionic/main amd64 python-minimal amd64 2.7.15~rc1-1 [28.1 kB]
Get:3 bionic/main amd64 libpython-stdlib amd64 2.7.15~rc1-1 [7,620 B]
Get:4 bionic/main amd64 python amd64 2.7.15~rc1-1 [140 kB]
Get:5 bionic/main amd64 liberror-perl all 0.17025-1 [22.8 kB]

Now to open the application just type the command atom on the shell prompt. Refer to the command below.

mangesh@ubuntu:~$ atom
How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 18.04
Atom Text Editor

To open the WAtom Text Editor App graphically using search your computer box. Refer to the snapshot below.

How to install Atom Text Editor in Ubuntu 18.04
Atom Text Editor

Also Read – How to install jEdit Text Editor Application in Ubuntu

How To Uninstall Atom Text Editor App in Ubuntu?

For any reason, if you don’t like Atom Text Editor and want to uninstall the application from your system using the following commands.

mangesh@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get remove atom
[sudo] password for mangesh:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
After this operation, 86.7 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 165256 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing atom (1.26.1-1~webupd8~0) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1ubuntu3.18.04.1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-11ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...

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