How to Install Atom IDE on Ubuntu

Created September 5, 2021

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Method 1: Installing Atom as a Snap Package

Atom snap package is distributed and maintained by Github.

Snaps are self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application. Snap packages are easy to upgrade and secure. Unlike the standard deb packages, snaps have a larger disk footprint and longer application startup time.

Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application. To install the Atom snap, open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:

sudo snap install atom --classic

That’s it. Atom has been installed on your Ubuntu desktop, and you can start using it.

Whenever a new version is released, the Atom snap package will be automatically updated in the background.

Method 2: Installing Atom with apt

Atom is available from the Packagecloud Apt repositories. To install it, follow the steps below:

1. Update the packages list and install the dependencies:

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

2. Import the repository GPG key and enable the Apt repository :

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] any main"

3. Once the repository is enabled, install the latest version of Atom:

sudo apt install atom

When a new version is released, you can update Atom through the command-line or your desktop Software Update tool.