Atom (text editor)

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Atom on GNOME 3
Developer(s) GitHub Inc.
Initial release February 26, 2014; 18 months ago (2014-02-26)[1]
Stable release 1.0.19[2] / September 25, 2015; 12 days ago (2015-09-25)
Development status Active
Written in CoffeeScript / JavaScript / Less / HTML
Operating system OS X 10.8 or later, Windows 7 & 8, and Linux
Type Source code editor
License MIT License (free software)

Atom is a free and open-source[3][4] text and source code editor for OS X, Linux, and Windows[5] with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies.[6] Most of the extending packages have free software licenses and are community-built and maintained.[7] Atom is based on Electron (formerly known as Atom Shell),[8] a framework that enables cross-platform desktop applications using Chromium and io.js, which is also developed by GitHub.[9][10] It is written in CoffeeScript and Less.[11] It can also be used as an IDE. Atom was released from beta, as version 1.0, on June 25, 2015.[12] The developers call Atom - 'A hackable text editor for the 21st Century'.[13]


Initially, extension packages for Atom and anything not part of Atom's core were released under an open-source license. On 6 May 2014, the rest of Atom, including the core application, its package manager, as well as its desktop framework Electron, were released as free software under the MIT License.[14]

Google Analytics[edit]

By default, Atom reports usage information to Google Analytics, including a unique identifier that is generated computing the SHA-1 of the machine's MAC address.[15] According to the authors, this is to determine the performance and know the most used functions.[16] This feature can be disabled by the user.[15]


  1. ^ "Introducing Atom". Atom. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Atom Releases". Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Henry, Alan (May 8, 2014). "Atom, the Text Editor from GitHub, Goes Free and Open-Source". Lifehacker. 
  4. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (May 6, 2014). "GitHub Open Sources Its Atom Text Editor". TechCrunch. 
  5. ^ "FAQ". Atom. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Getting Started : Why Atom". Atom project. Retrieved 17 August 2015. [...] we didn’t build Atom as a traditional web application. Instead, Atom is a specialized variant of Chromium designed to be a text editor rather than a web browser. Every Atom window is essentially a locally-rendered web page. 
  7. ^ "Atom Packages". 
  8. ^ "Atom Shell is now Electron". Atom. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Atom GitHub Page". Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Electron GitHub Page". Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hacking Atom : Tools of the Trade". Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ogle, Ben (June 25, 2015). "Atom 1.0". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Atom Is Now Open Source". Atom. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "atom/metrics". Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved July 10, 2015. 

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