How To Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 11

Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Atom Text Editor on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Atom is an open-source text editor created by GitHub, quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for developers. It supports many cross-platforms such as macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. With Atom we can have everything that advanced text editor gives us, syntax autocompletion, syntax highlighting for many languages, Git integration, theme support, debugging, and a lot of plugins that even increase its functionality.

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 the Atom Text Editor on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 or Debian 11.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 11 Bullseye

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
sudo apt install apt-transport-https wget gnupg software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing Atom Text Editor on Debian 11.

Atom package and its dependencies are not available in the default Debian 11 package repository. To install Atom, you must add the source repository and the GPG key to verify the packages:

wget -O atom_gpgkey
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./atom_signing_key_temp.gpg --import ./atom_gpgkey
gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring ./atom_signing_key_temp.gpg --export > ./atom_signing_key.gpg
sudo mv atom_signing_key.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/

Next, import the source repository to your apt package manager sources list:

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

After that, run below apt command to install Atom text editor:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install atom

Verify Atom version:

atom --version

Step 3. Accessing Atom Text Editor on Debian 11.

Once successfully installed, you can launch it with the atom in the terminal or by going to Activities -> search for Atom.

Install Atom Text Editor on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Atom. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Atom Text Editor on Debian 11 Bullseye. 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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