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Atom vs Sublime Text: What are the differences?


In this article, we will explore the key differences between Atom and Sublime Text, two popular text editors used by developers. We will highlight and compare their distinctive features to help you decide which one suits your needs better.

  1. User Interface and Customizability: Atom provides a more modern and visually appealing user interface with a file tree on the left side and a tabbed layout for multiple files. It allows extensive theming and customization options, making it highly adaptable to individual preferences. On the other hand, Sublime Text offers a more minimalist interface with a single panel for editing, minimal distractions, and a straightforward layout. While it also provides some customization options, they are not as extensive as in Atom.

  2. Performance and Speed: Sublime Text is known for its remarkable speed and efficiency, making it ideal for handling large codebases and handling multiple files simultaneously. It is highly optimized and responsive even when dealing with complex projects. Atom, although powerful, can be slower when opening large files or loading plugins due to its reliance on web technologies like Electron.

  3. Package and Plugin Ecosystem: Atom boasts a vast library of open-source packages and plugins contributed by its active community, covering a wide range of functionalities like linting, code formatting, and version control integration. This extensive ecosystem allows developers to enhance their workflow and productivity significantly. Sublime Text also offers a good selection of plugins, but the number and variety are more limited compared to Atom.

  4. Native vs. Web-based: Sublime Text is a native application written in C++, which gives it an advantage in terms of performance and responsiveness. It operates directly on the underlying operating system, resulting in better integration with the user's environment. On the other hand, Atom is built on web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, using the Electron framework. While this brings flexibility and cross-platform compatibility, it can sometimes lead to higher resource consumption and slower performance.

  5. Price and Licensing: Sublime Text follows a proprietary licensing model, offering a trial version for free but requiring a license fee for continued usage. However, it does not enforce any subscription or renewal fees. Atom, on the other hand, is entirely open-source and free to use, eliminating any licensing costs.

  6. Versatility and Extensibility: Atom is designed to be a hackable editor with a focus on extensibility. It allows users to modify existing functionality or add completely new features through packages and plugins. This level of customizability makes it suitable for a wide range of programming languages and development workflows. Sublime Text, while also extensible, provides a more streamlined and stable experience out of the box with less emphasis on extensive customizations.

In summary, Atom offers a visually appealing interface, extensive customization options, and a vast library of plugins at the cost of slightly slower performance and higher resource consumption. On the other hand, Sublime Text excels in speed and efficiency, providing a more straightforward and stable experience, albeit with limited customization options. The choice between the two ultimately depends on individual preferences and the specific requirements of the development project.

Decisions about Atom and Sublime Text
Kamaleshwar BN
Senior Software Engineer at Pulley · | 12 upvotes · 1.3M views

Visual Studio Code became famous over the past 3+ years I believe. The clean UI, easy to use UX and the plethora of integrations made it a very easy decision for us. Our gripe with Sublime was probably only the UX side. VSCode has not failed us till now, and still is able to support our development env without any significant effort.

Goland being paid, as well as built only for Go seemed like a significant limitation to not consider it.

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Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 501.7K views

Since communication with Github is not necessary, the Atom is less convenient in working with text and code. Sublim's support and understanding of projects is best for us. Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface. We use a good theme for Sublim ayu-dark

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Simon Ibssa
Student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo · | 2 upvotes · 1.2M views

I decided to choose VSCode over Sublime text for my Systems Programming class in C. What I love about VSCode is its awesome ability to add extensions. Intellisense is a beautiful debugger, and Remote SSH allows me to login and make real-time changes in VSCode to files on my university server. This is an awesome alternative to going back and forth on pushing/pulling code and logging into servers in the terminal. Great choice for anyone interested in C programming!

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Felix Hungenberg
Graphic Designer & Web Developer at GmbH · | 2 upvotes · 114.3K views

I use Visual Studio Code every day, it was very refreshing coming from Atom to get a lightweight, all i need setup right out of the box.

After working with Atom for around 2 years I switch to VSCode.

Here is why:

  1. Color display of variables in code. This may now sound much, but it improve the display of scss variables and its a core feature.
  2. Out of the box features.
  3. Automation! VSCode suggests usefull things to you.
  4. Integraded console. I love the console in VSCode. It is faster than my 'default' cmd on Windows. For Atom you would have to install a package, that doesn't work so well on Windows.
  5. Output logging per Plugin.
  6. Setup time. In VSCode I can set up my workspace in under 5 minutes. For Atom I need
  7. Plugins work perfect out of the box. This is a mayor one for me. For example: In order to set up Editorconfig you have to adjust mutliple values and plugins to get it work. Plugin creators of Editorconfig for Atom are not to blame: They include a linter, that verifies whether the settings are correct or not.
  8. Git implementation. VSCode ships with Git and even if the git packet of vscode doesn't look like much, theres a lot to it. For example you can watch changes inline.
  9. Minimap and vertical scrollbar. This feature is much better implementet in VSCode and you don't need an extra plugin.
  10. Auto completion. Sass mixins example: @include and you press CTRL+SPACE and VSCode shows you every Sass mixin.
  11. Copy paths from open file tab. In VSCode you can copy the path of an file directly when you have it open. In atom you need to select 'show in tree view' and than copy the path or relative path.
  12. Tree view. The tree view VSCode automaticly brings you to the current open file by default. This helps when working with components.
  13. File search. The file search supports the asterisk so you can search for eg molecule-*.ts.
  14. Tasks support. Tasks are integrated in VSCode so eg. for Typescript you can CTRL + SHIFT + B and select tsc: watch - tsconfig.ts.
  15. Short waiting time. For example when deleting files or beautifying 20.000 lines of json (Atom hangs up).
  16. More releases. Faster feature implementation. Active community.
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Pros of Atom
Pros of Sublime Text
  • 529
  • 449
    Open source
  • 343
    Modular design
  • 321
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
  • 35
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    Apm publish minor
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 0
  • 720
  • 652
  • 641
    Super fast
  • 468
    Great code editor
  • 442
    Cross platform
  • 280
    Nice UI
  • 260
    Unlimited trial
  • 153
    Cmd + d is the best command ever
  • 92
    Great community
  • 46
    Package control, modules
  • 26
    Mac OS X support
  • 23
    Easy to get started with
  • 22
  • 21
    Everything you need without the bloat
  • 21
    Built in Python
  • 18
  • 14
  • 12
    Session & edit resuming
  • 10
    Package Control
  • 9
    Well Designed
  • 8
    Multiple selections
  • 7
    ALT + CMD + DOWN is the best command ever
  • 7
  • 7
    Fast, simple and lightweight
  • 5
    It's easy to use, beautiful, simple, and plugins rule
  • 5
    So futuristic and convenient
  • 5
    ALT + F3 the best command ever
  • 5
  • 4
    Find anything fast within entire project
  • 4
    Easy to use
  • 4
  • 4
    Simple and clean design
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
    UI + plugins
  • 3
    Sublime Merge (Git Integration)
  • 2
    Totally customizable
  • 2
    Color schemes and cmd+d
  • 2
    Material theme best theme forever
  • 0

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Cons of Atom
Cons of Sublime Text
  • 19
    Slow with large files
  • 7
    Slow startup
  • 2
    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
  • 1
    No longer maintained
  • 1
    Cannot Run code with F5
  • 1
    Can be easily Modified
  • 8
    Steep learning curve
  • 6
  • 4
    Flexibility to move file
  • 4
    Number of plugins doing the same thing
  • 4
    Doesn't act like a Mac app
  • 3
    Not open sourced
  • 2
    Don't have flutter integration
  • 2
    Forces you to buy license

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What is Atom?

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

What is Sublime Text?

Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.

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