Atom vs Vim: What are the differences?
Developers describe Atom as "A hackable text editor for the 21st Century". 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. On the other hand, Vim is detailed as "Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing". Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
Atom and Vim can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.
Some of the features offered by Atom are:
- Atom is a desktop application based on web technologies
- Node.js integration
- Modular Design- composed of over 50 open-source packages that integrate around a minimal core
On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:
- Vertically Split Windows
"Free", "Open source" and "Modular design" are the key factors why developers consider Atom; whereas "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)", "Fast" and "Highly configurable" are the primary reasons why Vim is favored.
Atom is an open source tool with 49.2K GitHub stars and 12.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Atom's open source repository on GitHub.
Lyft, Typeform, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Vim, whereas Atom is used by Lyft, Typeform, and PedidosYa. Vim has a broader approval, being mentioned in 850 company stacks & 890 developers stacks; compared to Atom, which is listed in 836 company stacks and 725 developer stacks.