Atom Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Atom for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Atom and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Atom are Sublime Text (Free Personal), Vim (Free, Open Source), VSCodium (Free, Open Source) and Geany (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 27, 2021

    1. VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.
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      Visual Studio Code vs Atom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Atom.
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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.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Seems faster than Atom, less resource-hungry. Also using it as the default text editor on macOS.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      someonelast Makes everything easier, faster.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      dantex47 Much much faster, much better IntelliSense/context-aware suggestions. Even supports debugging.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      hum4n01d Faster, still customizable, more basic things such as terminal built in
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      archmaster It has a great user interface and it is also built with Electron.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. 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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      Sublime Text vs Atom opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Sublime Text is a great alternative to Atom.
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      xmwx38 You wouldn't believe me if I told you the amount of plug-ins available for easy addition.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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).
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    3. 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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      Vim vs Atom opinions
      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
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      While Vim is powerful, it’s not an easy replacement for a GUI-based text editor.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      Vim is a command-line tool, which differs a lot from a GUI app like Atom, Notepad++ or Sublime Text.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    4. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
    5. 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.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    6. 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.
    7. 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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      GNU nano vs Atom opinions
      Most users think GNU nano is a great alternative to Atom.
      sondrak Easiest CLI-based text editor for newbies
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    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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      Almost everyone thinks Kate is a great alternative to Atom.
    9. 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.
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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
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    10. Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source.
      Almost everyone thinks Neovim is a great alternative to Atom.
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