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How to Install Atom.io on Chomebook

Jack Keck
not technical enough. play hockey. like sad songs. someone devoured my soul in a ritual sacrifice. he/him.
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Assumptions
You have a Linux-capable Chromebook. You can check here.
You have already enabled Linux. You can follow instructions here.

My Environment
Samsung Chromebook 3
Linux enabled
Google Chrome 72.0.3626.49 (Official Build) dev (64-bit)

Step 1 - Download Atom.io
I downloaded the deb installer direct from Atom's Github releases page. You'll need to use the correct flags in your curl command in order to handle the inevitable redirects :: le sigh ::

curl command with flags

Step 2 - Install Atom.io
Installing is simple as opening your file browser, navigating down to My files > Linux files, then double clicking the deb installer file.

deb installer in file browser

Step 3 - Launch Atom
I prefer to launch directly from the directory I want to work from using the atom . command. Although, you could also just search for Atom and launch that way.

atom launched from terminal

Discussion (6)

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Andy Hopwood

I just got a chromebook the other day! Same steps for installing vscode...I also open that in the same way you open atom

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Jack Keck Author

How well does vscode work on the chromebook? I opted towards Atom given how light weight it is.

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Andy Hopwood

Yeah it's pretty good so far. They're almost the same anyway. Both electron based apps. That's what makes them so light weight

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Andy Zhao (he/him)

Nice, what's it like writing code on your Chromebook? Do you find it pretty comparable with writing on any other typical PC/Linux laptop or Macbook?

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Jack Keck Author • Edited

It’s not horrible. I wanted something less expensive to tool around on and it gets the job done. With the Crostini project, it hits the same spot for me that I get when I can pop a shell on a MacBook. It can be a bit laggy if I have too many tabs open while I’m running Atom and Terminal but nothing egregious.

I’m also toying with it as a thin client for AWS Workspaces. That’s a pretty smooth experience as well; minus the lack of support for hotkeys :(

Can’t beat a $169 dev box tho :)

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Phoenix (The Cat OS Owner) #StayHome

I can't seem to Install it.