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Atom is described as 'open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node' and is a leading Text Editor in the development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Atom for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Haiku. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Atom are Notepad++, Sublime Text, Vim and VSCodium.

Atom alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Atom.
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  1. Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.

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    Much faster, highly active development phase, more and more add-ons are added to the marketplace, open source, and cross-platform.

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    Seems faster than Atom, less resource-hungry. Also using it as the default text editor on macOS.

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    Ugotsta

    VS Code has arguably better defaults than Atom especially with the pre-configured minimap. Atom's themes use HTML/CSS so visuals are fully configurable but that also makes it a bit slower with drawing operations whereas VS Code draws everything fast, very noticeable with the minimap which reacts practically instantly to changes. VS Code also loads faster and just feels faster in general. Otherwise, both editors offer a massive list of great features and droves of extensions.

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    someonelast

    Makes everything easier, faster.

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    dantex47

    Much much faster, much better IntelliSense/context-aware suggestions. Even supports debugging.

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    hum4n01d

    Faster, still customizable, more basic things such as terminal built in

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    archmaster

    It has a great user interface and it is also built with Electron.

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  2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

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    Most users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Atom.
    vazirified

    All needed features included, light weight and to the point. Good support for RtL scripts and customization. The only possible problem found is that the official builds are compiled for MS-Windows only, but it is open source, so that's no big deal breaker!

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    crlamke

    Notepad++ has built-in support for many languages and a great plugin system for more.

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    Windows only, few plugins, more a text editor than a code editor/IDE.

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    xmwx38

    Usage of Notepad++ should be really straightforward for those with prior IDE knowledge & experience.

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    Light on resources, easy to use. Good for beginners.

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    notepad++ has very les plugins and isn't very customizable

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    MorganGeek

    Notepad++ is not cross platform and not as performant as Atom

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  3. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.

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    Almost everyone thinks Sublime Text is a great alternative to Atom.

    SublimeText is by far my most favorite editor in my 32 years of computing as it has multitude of features found no where else and is extendable with packages. Vertical Selection and Multi-caret editing is two of my most used features.

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    Sublime text is powerful such as adding "anaconda" package makes it a full functional IDE, also it supports lots of important languages like java, javascript, C#, ruby, perl to name a few. The only draw back about it is it's not free but work to buy.

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    xmwx38

    You wouldn't believe me if I told you the amount of plug-ins available for easy addition.

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    Ivann

    It is very similar and easy to understand and use, this program is probably one of the best alternatives to Atom if you are using it for simple text editing and you are not very interested in modifying the program itself, even though both programs are really great, I prefer to use Atom when I'm on linux and Sublime Text when I'm on Windows.

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    Because Sublime it's almost the same but paid. It only have minor differences on the packages you can install (some are better in Sublime, some are better in Atom).

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  4. Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.

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    Almost everyone thinks Vim is a great alternative to Atom.

    Vim offers unlimited customization and consumes very less memory, it supports execution of commands from vim itself and with the right plugins works almost like an ide

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    cvieira

    Vim is one of the most lightweight text editors on the planet. If you want to edit plain text or code, and you want to do it efficiently, Vim's keyboard-centric design is great.

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    Vim is a command-line tool, which differs a lot from a GUI app like Atom, Notepad++ or Sublime Text.

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    While Vim is powerful, it’s not an easy replacement for a GUI-based text editor.

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  5. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.

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  6. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.

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    Geany vs Atom opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Geany is a great alternative to Atom.

    Geany is easy, extremely fast, and reliable. Has a good console. Has good interaction with the shell. Is very customizable. Can be extended with lua. Has good selection of plugins. Snippets. Block editing. Code folding. Syntax highlighting. Tab completion. Everything works. File browser. Object browser. Configurable compilation and execution. Project managment. etc. Everuthing without bloating.

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    gedit

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    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.

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    Most users think gedit is a great alternative to Atom.
  8. The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application.

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    GNU nano

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    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.

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    Most users think GNU nano is a great alternative to Atom.
    sondrak

    Easiest CLI-based text editor for newbies

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    nano is a great editor when you are in CLI, however, of course, it does not use GUI or has GUI.

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  10. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include:

    Emacs can compare two files and highlight their differences (M-x ediff)
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    Almost everyone thinks GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Atom.
    cycroenerugi

    Its more than just a text editor, its an list interpreter and an shell. Good for computer setups without mouse

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