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. You can also try the latest beta for Atom here.
Taking the web native
Atom is a desktop 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.
Node.js support makes it trivial to access the file system, spawn subprocesses, and even start servers directly from within your editor. Need a library? Choose from over 50 thousand in Node's package repository. Need to call into C or C++? That's possible, too.
Atom is composed of over 50 open-source packages that integrate around a minimal core. Our goal is a deeply extensible system that blurs the distinction between "user" and "developer".
Don't like some part of Atom? Replace it with your own package, then upload it to the central repository on atom.io so everyone else can use it too.
Full-featured, right out of the box
No one wants to waste time configuring their editor before they can start using it. Atom comes loaded with the features you've come to expect from a modern text editor. Here are a few of them:
- File system browser
- Fuzzy finder for quickly opening files
- Fast project-wide search and replace
- Multiple cursors and selections
- Multiple panes
- Code folding
- A clean preferences UI
- Import TextMate grammars and themes
- Fix "File -> Reopen Project" when there are no open windows on macOS.
- Authenticate and encrypt communications over the activation pipe used by the Atom main process. As a consequence, the --socket-path CLI argument has also been removed.
- An asynchronous implementation of GitRepositoryProvider.repositoryForDirectory is available.(@lgeiger)
- Jasmine spec functions automatically support async bodies without needing to write a helper.
- fuzzy-finder: Add option to use ripgrep for crawling the list of files for a huge performance boost on large repositories 🚀
- github: Read and navigate among pull request review comments in a reviews dock.
- keybinding-resolver: Move the resolver into a dock to fix a number of longstanding usability issues. (@50Wliu)
- settings-view: Enum configuration options may be displayed as radio buttons by setting radio: true. (@marnen)
- welcome: Update the wording of the metrics consent to be a bit friendlier.
- language-clojure: Improve handling of non-ASCII letters in keywords, symbols, and elsewhere. (@PEZ)
- language-python: Support "python2" and "python3" shebang lines in the tree-sitter grammar.(@caleb531)
- language-ruby: Recognize next as a keyword. (@willcosgrove)
- language-toml: Support multiple key/value pairs on a single line. (@caleb531)
To customize Atom you should check out the packages available here.
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