How to update core packages


If there is a new feature or bug fix in a core package it is usually months before it gets released with a new version of Atom. But there is a way to install the latest core packages with a little bit of work.

DISCLAIMER: Rarely there will be an update to a core package that requires an updated version of Atom.

  1. Fork the core package on GitHub
  2. Change the name property in package.json (I usually just append -temp to the name)
  3. Disable the core package in Atom
  4. Install the forked package with it’s GitHub url

Once Atom is updated with the new core package:

  1. Uninstall the forked package
  2. Enable the core package

This method will provide a temporary fix until a new version of Atom is released with the updated core package. Remember to uninstall the temporary package when Atom is updated.

You can also merge any new changes from upstream and Atom will alert you that there is an update to the forked package.

I wish Atom would make an easier way to update core packages that don’t require updates to Atom. I’m pretty sure Internet Explorer has taught a lesson on why it is not a good idea to keep fast updating packages included with slow updating software.