5 More Must Have Packages for the Atom Text Editor

Below is a list of 5 must have packages for the Atom text editor. This is a continuation of my previous post at http://gamebuildingtools.com/atom-text-editor/3-atom-packages-get-started where I cover 3 packages to get you started with Atom.

Open in Browser

This package does what it says. It allows you to open up a file in your default browser. This is a quicker way to see your files in the browser. I’ve installed the package open-in-browser available at https://atom.io/packages/open-in-browser.

open in broswer

Open in Terminal

Similar to open in browser, open in terminal will open up the file into your terminal. Here’s the key bindings, which were copied from the documentation:

Open terminal on current file’s directory with ctrl-shift-t.

Open a terminal in the project’s root directory with alt-shift-t.

I’m using atom-terminal which is available at https://atom.io/packages/atom-terminal. I tend to use the first command way more often than I should.


Linter probably deserves it’s own blog post. This package is like a syntax checker for different languages and it can help keep you on track during development. You can check out Linter at https://atom.io/packages/linter.


I use this package when developing word games or creating lists. Sort lines will alphabetize a list into A-Z format. It sounds simple, but it’s a time saver with the list of countries, states, or food names. Install it at https://atom.io/packages/sort-lines.


Pigments is a package the lets Atom display colors in projects and files. This can be a hit or miss with other developers because it can get really annoying. However, I personally find it to be extremely useful in game development. There are times when I have 20+ different colors for my game and this package allows me to spot check them. Install Pigments at https://atom.io/packages/pigments.

If you have a package that you’d like to everyone know about, please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

Daniel Williams

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