Creating an automated installer for Atom on Linux


Hi folks,

I am here to encourage anyone and everyone that is interested in helping me write an automated shell script Atom installer with support for a variety of different Linux distributions — both 32-bit and 64-bit, to see my newly-created atom-installer GitHub repository. If you missed the link here it is This repository has a README with information on how you can contribute. I am willing to write this installer by myself, if need be, but I think with help from the community this installer will be better than I ever could make it on my own! I have been in love with this project (i.e., Atom) since late 2014/early 2015 and this is one way I think I and other Linux enthusiasts can help further it, by making Atom easier to install on Linux.

Thanks for your time,


I have completed and successfully tested my installer scripts on Debian and Ubuntu VMs without issue. So they should work for the following distributions:

  • Arch Linux
  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Linux Mint
  • Mageia
  • Manjaro Linux
  • openSUSE
  • Sabayon Linux
  • Ubuntu

Feel to report any issues you experience using these scripts. Using these scripts should be as simple as running:

bash -c "$(wget -cqO-"

or if you prefer to use cURL:

bash -c "$(curl -sL"


Cool. It would be even better if the distributions added Atom to their own package repos, so that you could get Atom updates at the same time as running updates on the rest of the system. Maybe your simple scripts will help nudge some of the distros toward getting to work on it.