How to Install Atom Editor on Debian 10

Install Atom Editor on Debian 10

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and set up Atom Editor on Debian 10. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Atom is an open-source text and source code editor for Windows, Linux, and macOS, developed by GitHub. It is called “A text editor for the 21st century” due to being a highly customizable text editor.


  • Operating System with Debian 10
  • Server IPv4 Address with Superuser Privileges (Root Access)
  • Gnome Terminal for Linux Desktop
  • PuTTy SSH client for Windows or macOS
  • Powershell for Windows 10/11
  • Familiar with APT Commands

Install Atom Editor on Debian 10

Step 1. The first command will update the package lists to ensure you get the latest version and dependencies.

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

Step 2. Install Atom Text Editor on the Debian system.

  • Install Atom from the official website

Now download and install the Atom text editor Debian package file from its official website:

wget -O atom.deb
sudo dpkg -i atom.deb

Once Atom is installed, run the following command to check whether Atom is working correctly:

atom --version
  • Install Atom via PPA repository:

Now import the GPG key of the repository using the following wget command:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Next, add the Atom apt repository to your system using the below command:

sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] any main"

Once done, install it:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install atom

Step 3. Accessing Atom Text Editor.

Now start Atom text editor using the following command or use the system menu launcher:


That’s all you need to do to install the Atom Text Editor on Debian 10 Buster. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on Atom Editor, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.