Atom for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.60.0
  • 4.1
  • (139)
  • Security Status

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Build text editor unique of your own

Atom is a programming language that actually describes itself as a hackable text editor. Developed by GitHub, it gives new and intermediate programmers the chance to create their own text editor even without long years of work experience. 

It is an open-source development software that has made alteration of code as easy as possible, especially for experienced programmers. This is a free and powerful alternative to other popular programming utilities such as Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code that are frankly more popular. 

What is the Atom app?

This is a program development companion that you can either customize to your heart’s content or leave alone and enjoy without ever touching its config file. It is a Windows tool that is built with Node.JS integration, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It runs on Electron, which is a framework that allows you to build cross-platform apps using web technologies. 

By adding big or small features using JavaScript and HTML, you can personalize your own text editor as much as you want. Furthermore, it serves a detailed video guide called 'Setting Up Atom' that is hardly provided in many other open-source editors. In addition, this editor comes with its own packages and themes that will save you from doing any of the editing as you can simply install edits that other people have created.

Can Atom be hacked?

As mentioned, this programming utility considers itself as a hackable text editor. It is no secret that Atom is made up of bundled packages which functionalities can be extended by writing on it. If you wish to add or improve certain functionality, be prepared to be introduced to new APIs, tools, and techniques that you will need to learn in order to correctly write the packages.

Once you successfully do it, you will then be able to provide fresh user interfaces, language grammars, and themes. Although this will surely be a complex process so, make sure that you are fully equipped with knowledge and experience before proceeding. If you have the capability to write great specs for Atom then, debugging issues will be a piece of cake for you. 

A great text editor and programming toy

On its own, Atom offers people a fantastic text editor that they can use for free. It's also a perfect toy for junior and advanced programmers to play and hone their skills with. However, for beginners, this will be a difficult platform to develop their programming knowledge.


  • Customizing functionalities is easier than ever for experts
  • Free text editor
  • Install new packages instead of edit
  • Detailed video guide


  • Not ideal for beginners
  • Requires knowledge and experience to successfully add or improve functionality

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Atom for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.60.0
  • 4.1
  • (139)
  • Security Status

User reviews about Atom

  • Ingrid Espinosa

    by Ingrid Espinosa

    Need help getting started.It would be good to have prompts of how to get started with the program. Have the cursor go to each part of the page so that you know what to do to get started with a project.


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