How to Install Atom (Ubuntu 16.04)

The “hackable text- editor for the 21st century” is built from Electron and primarily offers 64-bit binary packages (.deb) for Ubuntu. Below is a set of instructions on how to install it in both 64-bit and 32-bit of Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 and keep that download up to date with the Software Updater utility.

But before that let’s visit some of the thing that make Atom worth the download:

  • Atoms sports neat support themes
  • File System Browser installed
  • Node.js integration (big deal)
  • A really smart auto-completion mechanism and an in built package manager
  • Cross-platform support: Windows, Linux, and OS X.
  • Split Atom interface into multiple panes to tweak user interfaces and add new features with HTML or Javascript.

How to Install Atom in Ubuntu via PPA

The guys over at WebUpd8 are maintaining an unofficial PPA with most recent Atom packages for all current Ubuntu releases, and derivatives. While official Linux binary is 64-bit only, the PPA supports both 32-bit and 64-bit.

1. Add PPA

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

sudo apt-get update

followed by

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
You’ll be asked to enter your password, after the command runs hit Enter once more

2. Update and install Atom editor:

Update system package index and install the text editor via command:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt install atom

Once Atom is installed and a new release is out in future, you can simply upgrade the editor by running regular system updates via Software Updater utility.

3. (Optional) To remove Atom text editor

To remove the software, you can run apt command with *remove *flag:

sudo apt-get remove -- purge atom

And the PPA can be remove via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.