How To Install Atom 1.6.0 Beta 5 On Ubuntu Systems

Atom is an open-source, multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub, having a simple and intuitive graphical user interface and a bunch of interesting features for writing: CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other web programming languages. Among others, it has support for macros, auto-completion a split screen feature and it integrates with the file manager.

The latest version available is Atom 1.6.0 Beta 5, which has been recently released, bringing the following changes:

  • Fix gutter highlights on files with capital letters in the name
  • Ensure pending files/tabs are made permanent when opened from fuzzy-finder

Installation instructions:

The beta versions of Atom are not available via any repository, but for 64 bit (amd64) Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivative systems, the deb package is available via the project’s GitHub webpage.

I prefer to use gdebi over dpkg due to the fact that it also handles dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget
$ sudo gdebi atom-amd64.deb

Optional, to remove atom, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove atom

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