How to Set Up & Use Atom as a Markdown Editor IAN LURIE NOV 20 2017 In my Mozcon presentation this year, I talked about Markdown. I’ve had a few people ask about my toolset, so here’s how I install and use Atom to write Markdown. Enjoy.

Atom is fast becoming my new favorite text editor. It handles Markdown beautifully, is great for HTML, runs faster than stink, and has great community support. It’s also free.

Here’s how you install Atom and set it up as a full-featured Markdown editor:

Note: I’m doing this all on a Mac. I’ve included Windows commands where relevant. I hope.

Installing Atom


Visit Click Download Install it When it opens the first time, you’ll get all manner of welcome screens, etc. Close them Click File » New File If you don’t want your lines going all the way across the screen, click View » Toggle Soft Wrap You’re good to go. Start typing If you want to download a specific version, because you’re a nerd, visit the Github repository and take your pick.

Working With Project Folders If I’m working on a multiple-document project, or writing some awful code, I like to see all the relevant files in one place. That way, I can quickly scan for related images, content, or scripts, without interrupting my flow. Atom lets me do just that: