To get started with Atom, we’ll need to get it on your system. This section will go over installing Atom on your system as well as the basics of how to build it from source.

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Installing Atom should be fairly simple. Generally, you can go to and you should see a download button as shown here:

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The button or buttons should be specific to your platform and the download package should be easily installable. However, let’s go over them here in a bit of detail.

Installing Atom on Windows

Atom is available with Windows installers that can be downloaded from or from the Atom releases page.

Use AtomSetup.exe for 32-bit systems and AtomSetup-x64.exe for 64-bit systems.

This setup program will install Atom, add the atom and apm commands to your PATH, and create shortcuts on the desktop and in the start menu.

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The context menu Open with Atom in File Explorer, and the option to make Atom available for file association using Open with..., is controlled by the System Settings panel as seen above.

With Atom open, click on File > Settings, and then the System tab on the left. Check the boxes next to Show in file context menus, as well as Show in folder context menus. And you’re all set.

Updating Atom

You should consider updating Atom periodically for the latest improvements to the software. Additionally, When Atom receives hotfixes for security vulnerabilities you will want to update your version of Atom as soon as possible.

“Automatically Update” is enabled by default in Core Settings of the Settings View, which will allow Atom to check for updates automatically. If you disable this setting you can update Atom manually.

To perform a manual update:

  • Click on the Help > Check for Update menu item in the menu bar.
  • Search for Application: About in the Command Palette and click the Check now button.

Atom will begin to update if an update is available.

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Building Atom from Source

The Hacking on Atom Core section of the flight manual covers instructions on how to clone and build the source code if you prefer that option.

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