You can use the Atom text and code editor with many MousePaw Media projects. While this isn’t our officially recommended IDE, many of our staff members use it.
We have found that Atom’s support for C++ leaves a lot to be desired. Consider Visual Studio Code for C++ instead.
Atom is a FOSS multi-language text and code editor with a lot of nifty features. It’s also completely customizable, allowing you to add functionality and themes from the built-in packages. (If you’re a programmer, you can also write your own!)
Installing on Linux¶
If you’re on Ubuntu, you can install Atom from the main package repository:
$ sudo apt install atom
Alternatively, on most Linux systems, you can install from Snapcraft:
$ sudo snap install atom
Or, you can install from Flatpak on most Linux systems:
$ flatpak run io.atom.Atom
On other operating systems, you can install Atom from the official packages on the Atom website.
Installing on Mac¶
On Mac, you can go to the official Atom releases page
and download the file
atom-mac.zip for the latest stable release.
Extract the ZIP file, and drag the
Atom application into your
Atom has a lot of pretty impressive features that I won’t be covering in the tutorial. Consider taking some time to play around with it.
You’ll want to install some packages to improve Atom’s handling of various file types and languages. Go to Install on the left hand menu., and then select
We recommend the following packages:
You may also consider the following helpful packages:
Each of those packages has some settings you can play with under Settings on the package you want to modify.. Click
At minimum, you’ll want to edit the settings for linter-pylint, setting the following:
- RC File: