As a long-time Sublime Text user, Ive recently made the transition to using atom Atom as my goto code editor after falling in love with its package selection and hackable nature. I also know from experience that changes like these can be a little bewildering, so I thought others might benefit from a simple resource to started configuring their Atomic workspace.

Installing packages

All of the featured packages are published through apm and can be installed via the following command:

1$ apm install <package-name>

Getting Started

  • Fonts a nice collection of 45+ of the best monospaced fonts.
  • Fira Code for those of you that prefer the added ligatures of Fira Code.
  • Atom Beautify allows you to :lipstick: beautify your code, with support for most common programming languages.
  • Atom Minify adds many convient ways for minifying your Javascript, CSS, ect…
  • Open Recent adds the ability to open recent files in the current window, and recent folders in a new window.
  • File Icons adds file-type specific icons for improved visual grepping.
  • Tool Bar provides a useful, customizable tool-bar for your editor.
  • Atom Terminal launch terminal app in the current files directory from within Atom.
  • Pigments displays RGB/Hex colors in project files for improved readability when working with color palettes.
  • Color Picker a simple package that makes selecting colors and getting their RGB or hex-values a breeze.
  • TODO Show a package that finds all TODO, NOTE, FIXME, ect… comment tags in your project and organizes them into a table.
  • Atom Bracket Highlight eases code navigation by increasing the visibility of matching code brackets.
  • Markdown Preview Plus provides an enhanced, realtime preview of markdown documents for easy editing.
  • Git Time Machine allows users to open a bubble plot of the current files git history and access previous versions.
  • ZenTabs allows you to limit the number of tabs that can be open in a window by cleaning up inactive tabs when new ones are opened.


  • Atomic Monokai Okay I may be biased, but I think many Sublime Text users will feel right at home with this syntaxtheme.
  • Atomic Design Again biased, but if youre using Atomic Monokai or a similar dark syntaxtheme, I suggest you check out this awesome UItheme.
  • Highlight Selected highlights all instances of the selected element within the open file.
  • Minimap applies a Sublimeesque minimized code view to the frame for easy navigation.
    • Cursorline a plugin which displays your active cursor-line on your Minimap.
    • Highlight-Selected Adds Highlight-Selected functionality to your Minimap.
    • Git-Diff While this featured isnt actually available in Sublime Text, it can be very helpful when using the Minimap to navigating files.
  • Project Manager delivers a familiar workflow for navigating projects and projectspecific settings.

Just for Fun

  • Activate Power Mode a fun package which adds a little bit more excitement to writing code. Although personally, I found the constant animations and shaking to be a little disorienting, so I chose to disabled that package and instead replaced it with Activate Power Mode Delete.