Atom often freezes


Hi there!

Thanks for your work on the atom editor! I love it.
But atom does not love me back. It freezes frequently, blocks everything and requires a restart of the whole operating system.

I use Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit on a i7 machine and atom 1.6.0.
A couple of month ago, I already installed atom, but it was so painfully slow that it was unusable and I went back to Kate, my strong and friendly code editor for many years.
But I was in love already and a couple of weeks ago I tried atom again. And now it works. Until it does not work anymore. Which happens every two or three times in an hour. Sometimes, I am able to restart atom itself. But often, even Linux is blocked and I have to do a hard reset.

I read in some other posts here that suggested, that it may have to do with certain themes. But I use default Atom Dark.

What could it be?

Thanks in advance!


Can you reproduce the problem using Safe Mode? To launch Safe Mode:

  1. Completely exit all instances of Atom
  2. Launch Atom with the command atom --safe


Hi leedohm! Thank you for your reply!
O.k. I’ll try that.
I also updated Atom to 1.7.3, maybe that also helps.
Thank you!

And thank’s to all the people that make this great editor possible!!