How to Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 18.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Atom Editor on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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 cross-platform code editor developed by GitHub. Atom Editor is one of the advanced, modular and open-source editors for developers.

Features of Atom Editor

  • Cross-platform editing: Runs on Windows, macOS and Linux.
  • Has built-in package manager: Easily search and install packages to extend Atom features.
  • Smart autocompletion: Faster code writing and editing with the help of a smart and flexible autocomplete.
  • File system browser: Easily browse and open a single file, a whole project, or multiple projects in one window.
  • Highly Customizable: Tweak the look and feel of your UI with CSS/Less, and add major features with HTML and JavaScript.
  • Provides Multiple panes: Split your Atom interface into multiple panes to compare and edit code across files

Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Atom on Ubuntu 18.04.

Add webupd8team repository to your Ubuntu System by using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom

Once the repository is enabled, install the latest version of Atom using following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install atom

Step 3. Start Atom Editor.

You can start Atom from the command line or by searching on your Desktop start menu:


Also, you can then install extensions to enhance the functionalities of Atom editor.

That’s all you need to do to install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 18.04. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.