How to Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Atom Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 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 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 Ubuntu 20.04
  • 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 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 20.04 system.

The Atom text editor offers an official package repository for the Ubuntu operating system. Now we add a signing key and repository to your system:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] any main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/atom.list

Then, install the latest version of Atom using the 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:


That’s all you need to do to install Atom Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. Don’t forget to share your valuable queries/suggestions in the below comment box & also drop your worthwhile feedback.