How To Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 10

Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Atom Text Editor on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Atom is an open-source text editor that is modern and developed by GitHub. Atom is built using HTML, CSS, JS, and other web technologies. It supports more than 35+ programming languages by default. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies. Most of the extended packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained. Atom is based on Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell), a framework that enables cross-platform desktop applications using Chromium and Node.js.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Atom Text Editor on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection.
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Atom Text Editor on Debian 10.

Now download the Atom text editor Debian package file from its official website and install it on your system using the following commands:

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

You can extend the functionality of the editor by means of installing plugins for your need. These extensions are called packages in Atom and Atom provides a handy command-line utility apm in Linux to manage packages. With that, installing packages in Atom is as easy as typing this simple command in the terminal:

sudo apm search search_string
sudo apm install package_name

Step 3. Accessing Atom Text Editor.

Once installed successfully, start the Atom text editor using the following command or use the system menu launcher:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Atom. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Atom’s open-source text editor on Debian 10 Buster. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Atom website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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