Learn how to download and install the Atom application on Mac and PC.
- [Narrator] Let's take a look at how to install Atom and also some of the options that you have when you start up the application. So here I am at the Atom.io website and I can see that there is a link right here to download the application and right now I'm working on an Mac so it says macOS but if you were to do this on a Windows machine you would see the proper operating system up here, right here. So I'm going to click on this download link. This is going to download a zip file to my downloads folder, which in my case is the desktop.
You may want to put this somewhere else. On the Mac when the installation finishes downloading what you want to do is open this zip file to decompress it. On a PC you're going to receive a .exe document and you're going to want to run that. Alright so once that is done I'm going to click right here, it's going to open up that zip file and you'll end up with an application file which looks like this. You can go ahead and get rid of your zip file.
And what I want to do is open up a new folder so I can get my applications folder in here, and I'm going to move that in there. Right, now that I have that application in the right folder let's go ahead and open it up. So if you get this, just go ahead and say open. So this is what Atom looks like when you install it and it has a number of different welcome screens. They're loaded in different tabs on your window here so you can see this welcome guide tab and there's a welcome tab that appear side by side and there's this thing called telemetry consent as well as an untitled window.
So normally I like to just have Atom open up in an empty window so to do that though I need to turn some of these things off. So this welcome document here essentially has a few links to some common places. So that documentation and the API reference, a discussion group as well as a place where you can find all of the Atom packages. They're actually easier to find from within the application. And then if you don't want to see this every time you open Atom you can click on this check box right here and that'll turn that off and then we can close this out.
Now you'll also see this telemetry consent this is so that you can allow the GitHub team to have some information about your set up and your computer so that they can improve Atom so you can chose to whether or not you want to help improve the product. I'm going to go ahead and say no, I don't want to help right now. And then now I have this untitled window. To the right we're seeing a split window which I'll show you how to do later. But this is called the welcome guide and this welcome guide is actually a package which is what Atom calls plugins or extensions and it's essentially a list of links that allow you to look at many documentations and how to do things within Atom.
So you can see about version control, how to install a package, etc., etc. So if you don't want to see this every time you open up Atom then this is actually a package and you can click on this install a package link and then hit the open installer button right here and you'll get to this window right here. Now this is also in the menus if you want to find this you can go to the Atom menu and select preferences, on a PC you would go to the file menu and select settings.
So what you'll find in this course is I'll be doing things on a Mac but on Windows it's pretty much exactly the same but some of the options may be in slightly different places or be called slightly different things. Also the command keys are going to be different in the different platforms but they'll always be right here right next to the menu items that you pick. So in here what I want to do is actually go to packages, I don't want to install a new package, I want to look at the packages that I have installed.
Here you can see that there will be a package called welcome. There's a lot of stuff that's pre installed but thankfully we don't have to scroll all the way to the bottom, right here is a filter little box so you can just type in welcome, and then you can hit the disable button and that will disable that welcome guide. So we can close this out now and this will not show up again if you do want it to come back just go ahead and look for the welcome package and hit the enable button. So now we can close this out and we'll get a sort of empty window and then every time you open up Atom from now on, you'll end up with an empty window.
So now that you've installed Atom and run some of the basic settings, it's time to get accustomed to the interface.
- Downloading and installing Atom
- Managing tabs and panes
- Managing and folding content
- Changing text
- Working with selections
- Customizing Atom packages
- Customizing themes
- Paid coding with Atom Teletype
- Working with the Atom IDE
- Installing useful packages
- Integrating Atom with Git and GitHub