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Atom is a hackable text editor for the 21st century, built on Electron, and based on everything we love about our favorite editors. We designed it to be deeply customizable, but still approachable using the default configuration.


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Follow @AtomEditor on Twitter for important announcements.

This project adheres to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code. Please report unacceptable behavior to [email protected]


If you want to read about using Atom or developing packages in Atom, the Atom Flight Manual is free and available online. You can find the source to the manual in atom/

The API reference for developing packages is also documented on




Download the latest Atom release.

Atom will automatically update when a new release is available.


Download the latest Atom installer.

is 32-bit. For 64-bit systems, download

Atom will automatically update when a new release is available.

You can also download
(32-bit) or
(64-bit) from the releases page. The
version will not automatically update.

Using Chocolatey? Run

cinst Atom
to install the latest version of Atom.


Atom is only available for 64-bit Linux systems.

Configure your distribution's package manager to install and update Atom by following the Linux installation instructions in the Flight Manual. You will also find instructions on how to install Atom's official Linux packages without using a package repository, though you will not get automatic updates after installing Atom this way.

Archive extraction

An archive is available for people who don't want to install

as root.

This version enables you to install multiple Atom versions in parallel. It has been built on Ubuntu 64-bit, but should be compatible with other Linux distributions.

  1. Install dependencies (on Ubuntu):
    sudo apt install git gconf2 gconf-service libgtk2.0-0 libudev1 libgcrypt20 libnotify4 libxtst6 libnss3 python3 gvfs-bin xdg-utils libcap2
    1. (If the
      package isn't available, or is too old (Python 3 should be >= 3.5), either
      (2.6 or 2.7) will work in its place.)
  2. Download
    from the Atom releases page.
  3. Run
    tar xf atom-amd64.tar.gz
    in the directory where you want to extract the Atom folder.
  4. Launch Atom using the installed
    command from the newly extracted directory.

The Linux version does not currently automatically update so you will need to repeat these steps to upgrade to future releases.





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