Atom
Atom
1.51.0

4.2

Atom free download for Mac
17 September 2020

A hackable text editor.

Overview

Atom is a desktop text editor application based on web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it has its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. Open the dev tools, however, and Atom's web-based core shines through. Whether you're tweaking the look of Atom's interface with CSS or adding major features with HTML and JavaScript, it's never been easier to take control of your editor.

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

What's new in Atom

Version 1.51.0:
  • Faster listing of available packages
  • Prebuild-install@5.3.5
  • No PR triggers on release builds
  • Miscellaneous python3-related updates and fixes
  • Faster atom.packages.getAvailablePackages
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24 Reviews of Atom

5
satarii rexson
19 July 2019
Version: 1.38.2

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Atom is a great codify text editor for GitHub!
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5
sen-supriyo
21 July 2020
Version: 1.49.0
I have been using it as an editor for HTML/JS/PHP. It does what it promises. The extension for Live Server work well too (only for HTML, not yet for PHP files). This is a great backup editor for Visual Studio Code.
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atulmala
17 June 2020
Version: 1.48.0
very confusing doesn't even do the syntax highlighting
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Funjoy
25 August 2019
Version: 1.40.1
I'm not a coder but I tried it out as a text editor for writing large files. Unfortunately it is *much* slower than BBEdit or IA Writer or Ulysses. Considering that it's coded as an Electron app I shouldn't be surprised by the slowness (or the bloated size of the app) but I'm disappointed. Probably great for coding but for writing I'll stick with the free tier of BBEdit.
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satarii rexson
19 July 2019
Version: 1.38.2
Atom is a great codify text editor for GitHub!
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Scott-C-H-
03 April 2019
Version: 1.35.0
Visual Studio Code has utterly and decisively defeated Atom and Sublime Text in the past two years. I tried the latest version just to see how it progressed since the time I switched to VSC 1.5 year ago. I am disappointed that the performance has not improved much at all. VSC is MUCH faster to launch and use.
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5
SweetP Productions
12 March 2019
Version: 1.34.0
great code editor, here's hoping Microsoft doesn't kill it, as I prefer it to Visual Studio Code.
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5
ray-brooks
10 June 2018
Version: 1.27.2
I ike that it is smart when adds tags.
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3.5
valgrey
17 February 2018
Version: 1.24.0
Nice desktop text editor
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5
gcoghill
19 January 2018
Version: 1.23.3
I gave this a try mostly for advanced text editing features (the multi-line cursor feature), but lots of other cool stuff in here even if you are not a programmer. Looks snazzy as well.
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5
carthage
13 January 2018
Version: 1.23.3
I'm considering this as a replacement for BBEdit. It looks a bit nicer and you can run your code within the editor (including c code as well as python, which is awesome) if you install some external packages. I still think BBEdit's got a lot more functionality (unix worksheets are great, as are multi-file searches), but purely for coding, Atom is a great free alternative.
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5
VanRijn63
27 December 2017
Version: 1.23.1
I adore Atom. It's snappy, efficient, looks gorgeous, has lots of useful plugins and it's FREE. Couldn't live without it now.
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5
rcrooks1969
31 August 2017
Version: 1.19.4
An excellent code editor that constantly gets better and has a large and active community behind it.
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hmurchison
26 April 2017
Version: 1.16.0
I can't use Atom for one reason.....it's so beautiful I get distracted at staring at the art in code.
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Ptk3
30 July 2016
Version: 1.7.4
Last version is 1..8.0 on their website, thought it's not explicit on their website.
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Ptk3
30 July 2016
Version: 1.7.4
Last version is 1.8 since June (ok, it's not obvious on their website)…
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Ptk3
30 July 2016
Version: 1.7.4
Last version is 1.8 since June (ok, it's not obvious on their website)…
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lance-perry-junk
11 December 2015
Version: 1.3.0
I would love to try this out. I'm a Sublime user. I have been looking at the Changelogs every time there is a new version. There is a long standing bug that they seem to not want to fix. On every Mac I have tried Atom runs at 100% CPU. One of my developer buddies same deal. There is a long thread in their own tracking system about the 100% CPU. So I'm guessing they either don't know what to fix or don't care.
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4.5
Dylan-Mc
13 August 2015
Version: 1.0.7
Atom is growing on me. Its performance is improving regularly, and its rich set of plugins are really nice. It's my backup when my standby, vim, isn't the right tool for the job.
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5
asux
10 June 2015
Version: 0.208.0
Very cool, flexible and great-looking editor. But still need performance improvements.
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4
r-owen
03 April 2015
Version: 0.189.0
Atom is coming along nicely and is quite usable for programming large projects, but I personally still prefer Sublime Text 3 (ST). Atom copied much of ST, so they both feel quite similar. However, ST runs rings around Atom for speed and handling of large files and ST has better handling of projects (groups of related files): support is native and well integrated in ST, but can be added to Atom using the Project Manger extension. Both editors provide good support for live linters (an absolute requirement for me) and efficient operation from the keyboard (e.g. a few keystrokes will open any file). Atom's user interface is a bit more refined than ST in some ways, such as editing preferences and showing command key equivalents in the command bar. Both Atom and Sublime Text 3 are well worth trying for serious programming.
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iindigo
09 February 2015
Version: 0.177.0
I wasn't impressed. Atom is a web application (HTML, CSS, JS) masquerading as a desktop application and true to apps of that nature, it's heavy, slow, and resource hungry compared to its proper native counterparts. File sizes do a great job at highlighting this difference. Two of the most popular Mac programming text editors, TextMate 2 and Sublime Text 3, weigh in at 32MB and 28MB respectively while Atom is an unnecessarily hefty 219MB — a full 7x more bulk. To find a native editor that heavy, one has to download a full-blown IDE with everything but the kitchen sink like Coda. RAM consumption stats tell the same story: Atom gobbles up an unreasonable 225MB of RAM after a cold launch while TextMate and Sublime only take up 20MB-35MB of RAM doing the same. Of course, the other big side effect of being a web app is that it doesn't *feel* native. UI elements are all custom-styled, often behave differently than they do in the rest of the system, and just aren't as responsive. All in all, Atom is a disappointment, particularly coming from the same company that made the fully native and very nice Github for Mac git client. It would've been amazing had it been written with proper desktop technologies like C++ and Qt5, but its Chromium-based core kills it.
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3.5
Uniquepito
04 February 2015
Version: 0.177.0
- No syntax highlighting for advanced (programming, markup, scripting, etc) languages - No marking of identical words in document However, for the price it is nice editor. So please implement previous two and it will be amazing - or let's say an alternative of notepad++ for mac! :)
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wickedsp1d3r
04 February 2015
Version: 0.177.0
Felt kind of bloated and slow last time I used it. Don't know if anything's changed.
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rcrooks1969
28 January 2015
Version: 0.176.0
Atom is an outstanding code editor - very much a competitor to Sublime Text 3, and for free. The features are too numerous to list, but your favorite code editing features are very likely there in the core editor or the rich array of packages you can add on. Really the only thing I find irritating is that there is no indenting of wrapped lines -- I gather that is extremely hard to do in a node-based editor that is using HTML to display HTML (and other) code.
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