The Atom text editor, newly introduced by the GitHub team, looks like "a hackable text editor for the 21st Century", and I must say, the screenshots have lured me. Official binaries are only available for OS X. After going open-source many have created their own binaries, and some even added them to repos. But when reading a tutorial on installation I read this:

Currently Atom only works on 64-bit (on Linux) so if you use Ubuntu 32-bit, you can't install it by using this PPA and not even by compiling it for yourself.

So is there any way to install it on Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit? Maybe 64-bit emulation or something?

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    Sorry. I don't think so. The world is moving to 64bit. If your CPU supports 64bit architecture, you are highly advised to upgrade to 64bit Ubuntu regardless of how much of RAM you have – Naveen May 17 '14 at 17:44
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    I guess the 21st century doesn't use 32 bit machines... :( – Ajedi32 Jun 10 '14 at 13:26
  • @Naveen And how do I know my machine supports 64bit architecture? Google has been unwilling to offer a way. – user280208 Jun 10 '14 at 13:28
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    Atom is now released for 32bit: webupd8.org/2014/06/atom-text-editor-available-for-linux.html – Naveen Jun 13 '14 at 13:20
  • @Naveen Finally! Ohhhh yeah! – user280208 Jun 13 '14 at 16:06

Atom text editor is currently available for all currently supported versions of Ubuntu from the Atom text editor PPA with different builds for 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Atom text editor can be installed from the terminal by running the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install atom 

The current version of Atom text editor from ppa:webupd8team/atom updated to Ubuntu 16.04/16.10/17.04/17.10 is 1.0.10 1.22.1.

For more information about Atom text editor visit the official Atom website. A .deb file for installing Atom text editor is currently available from the official Atom website. but only for 64-bit operating systems. To install Atom text editor from the official Atom website on 32-bit Ubuntu follow the instructions in the accepted answer to How I can create a 32-bit version of Atom?.

There is currently an Atom text editor snap package that can be installed in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu using the command sudo snap install --classic atom however the Atom snap package is only available for 64-bit OSs.


Sorry, there is no way to run 64bit binaries on 32bit hardware (that i'm aware of). I couldn't even install a 64bit operating system in Virtualbox on my 32bit laptop.

But if you only want 32bit Atom text editor:

Linux build is currently 64bit-only, because we only have 64bit libchromiumcontent and atom-shell on Linux for now.


I think we can expect a 32bit version some time soon.

Your cpu is 32bit if in 'cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep flags' there's no 'lm' listed.


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