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 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 extending 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 through the step by step installation of Atom Text Editor on a Debian 10 (Buster).

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 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 Atom text editor using the following command or use 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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