Atom the hackable text editor

Atom: The Modern Cross-platform Text Editor

Atom is an amazing open source text editor built by the GitHub community. It is completely cross-platform and is available on macOS, Windows and Linux. It is available at

The editor is completely hackable, meaning you can configure it work exactly as you would like – either through the use of plugins or by editing it’s code yourself.

Atom is a desktop application built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration. It runs on Electron, a framework for building cross platform apps using web technologies.

Look at this long list of features!


Atom works across operating systems. Use it on OS X, Windows, or Linux.

Built-in package manager
Search for and install new packages or create your own right from Atom.
Smart autocompletion
Atom helps you write code faster with a smart and flexible autocomplete.
File system browser
Easily browse and open a single file, a whole project, or multiple projects in one window.
Multiple panes
Split your Atom interface into multiple panes to compare and edit code across files.
Find and replace
Find, preview, and replace text as you type in a file or across all your projects.
Choose from thousands of open source packages that add new features and functionality to Atom, or build a package from scratch and publish it for everyone else to use.
Atom comes pre-installed with four UI and eight syntax themes in both dark and light colors. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Install themes created by the Atom community or create your own.
It’s easy to customize and style Atom. Tweak the look and feel of your UI with CSS/Less, and add major features with HTML and JavaScript.

Must have Atom plugins for Web Designers

Use the built-in package manager to search for, find and install these plugins that are really useful for web development. They are all free.

Default packages included with Atom

Make sure these packages are enabled in your installation of Atom. Also, make sure to disable any other packages (such as programming languages you do not use) to help speed up Atom’s performance.

Author: Eric Girouard

Eric Girouard is a photography and design teacher in the Graphic & Web Design department, which he joined in 2001. He holds a BFA in Fine Art specializing in Drawing & Painting from Concordia University. His stock images were distributed worldwide by Corbis. Eric also worked at Trey Ratcliff’s “The Arcanum – Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery” and served as a photo contest judge for

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