Install Atom 1.8.0 (Stable) Text Editor On Ubuntu 16.04

Atom Text Editor for Linux Ubuntu Systems. Install Atom 1.8.0 (Stable) Text Editor on Ubuntu 16.04 Systems. Learn how to update to Atom 1.8.0 on Ubuntu and Linux Mint Systems.

Atom is a powerful multi-platform text editor developed by GitHub. It is known for its powerful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. The Atom text editor supports macros, auto-completion and split screen.

Atom text editor has the following features:

  • Cross-platform editing – Atom works across operating systems. You can use it on OS X, Windows, or Linux.
  • Built-in package manager – Search for and install new packages or start creating your own—all from within Atom.
  • Smart autocompletion – Atom helps you write code faster with a smart, 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.

Atom 1.8.0


Atom 1.8.0 version introduces several important changes that will bring performance and reliability improvements to the editor. Some of the prominent new features and changes are:

  • Move Selected Text Left and Right – This version ships with two new commands for moving text left and right by one column. By default, they are bound to cmd-ctrl-left and cmd-ctrl-right on OS X and alt-shift-left and alt-shift-right on Windows and Linux.
  • Introduce core.restorePreviousWindowsOnStart – The default behavior of the atom command is to bring back all the windows that were opened when Atom was last closed. The core.restorePreviousWindowsOnStart setting option will be on by default, but one can easily turn it off by changing the config.cson file.
  • Several bug fixes f- This release brings several bug fixes and improvements including bad emoji rendering on OS X, accidental UI zooming, inaccurate block decoration measurements and a number of Git related issues.

The upcoming version of the Atom text editor (Atom 1.9.0) will be bringing faster editing and scrolling when soft-wrap is enabled or some text regions are folded. It will also feature a File Recovery Service running on the main process. It will also bring electron upgrade (v0.37.8) which will feature many rendering and performance improvements.

Install Atom 1.8.0

You can either install the latest Atom from WebUpd8 PPA or directly installing the DEB files from the official source:

WebUpd8 PPA

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install atom

Installing DEB From Official Source

$ wget -c -O atom-1.8.0.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i atom-1.8.0.deb

If the system shows error message for missing dependencies, run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install -f

Once installed, open Atom from Ubuntu Dash or Terminal.


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