Objective

The objective is to install Atom editor on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: - Atom v1.24.0 or higher

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Instructions

Prerequisites

To start we first need to obtain Atom's installation package. Navigate to Atom's project git repository and download the atom-amd64.deb DEB package. Alternatively, use wget command to get the latest version:
$ wget -O atom-amd64.deb https://atom.io/download/deb
Next, install gdebi command which we will use to install the previously downloaded Atom package.
$ sudo apt install gdebi-core
Alternatively, for more options, visit our guide on how to install DEB file on Ubuntu.

Install Atom on Ubuntu

Use gdebi command to install Atom's installation packageatom-amd64.deb:
$ sudo gdebi atom-amd64.deb
When prompted, answer y to perform Atom installation on your Ubuntu host.

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Start Atom on Ubuntu

To start atom text editor open up terminal and enter:
$ atom
Alternatively, search your desktop's start menu:
Atom - Ubuntu 18.04 - Launch
Locate Atom's icon and click to start.
Atom text editor on Ubuntu 18.04
Atom text editor on Ubuntu 18.04
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