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Atom vs CodeKit: What are the differences?

What is Atom? 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.

What is CodeKit? Mac app that compiles Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Javascript, and Markdown files automatically each time you save. Process Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, CoffeeScript, Javascript, and Compass files automatically each time you save. Easily set options for each language.

Atom belongs to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack, while CodeKit can be primarily classified under "Live Reloading".

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, CodeKit provides the following key features:

  • Compile Everything - Less, Sass, Stylus, CoffeeScript, Typescript, Jade, Haml, Slim, Markdown & Javascript.
  • Auto-Refresh Browsers - Refresh browsers across devices: Mac, PC, iOS, Android & kitchen fridge. Never hit command+R again.
  • Bower Built-In - Install 6,000+ components with a single click: Bootstrap, jQuery, Modernizr, Zurb Foundation, even WordPress.

"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Atom over the competitors, whereas "Easy to configure" was stated as the key factor in picking CodeKit.

Atom is an open source tool with 49.3K GitHub stars and 12.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Atom's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about Atom and CodeKit
Andrey Ginger
Managing Partner at WhiteLabelDevelopers · | 3 upvotes · 382.2K 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 Notepad for us is a completely outdated solution with an unacceptable interface.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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Pros of Atom
Pros of CodeKit
  • 527
    Free
  • 447
    Open source
  • 342
    Modular design
  • 319
    Hackable
  • 316
    Beautiful UI
  • 170
    Github integration
  • 147
    Backed by github
  • 119
    Built with node.js
  • 113
    Web native
  • 107
    Community
  • 34
    Packages
  • 18
    Cross platform
  • 5
    Multicursor support
  • 5
    Nice UI
  • 5
    TypeScript editor
  • 3
    Simple but powerful
  • 3
    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
  • 3
    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
  • 3
    cli start
  • 3
    Snippets
  • 2
    It's powerful
  • 2
    Code readability
  • 2
    Awesome
  • 2
    Smart TypeScript code completion
  • 2
    Well documented
  • 1
    full support
  • 1
    vim support
  • 1
    Split-Tab Layout
  • 1
    works with GitLab
  • 1
    Consistent UI on all platforms
  • 1
    User friendly
  • 1
    Hackable and Open Source
  • 1
    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
  • 8
    Instant setup for quick experiments
  • 8
    Easy to configure
  • 7
    Cross device live reloading
  • 5
    Any editor OK

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Cons of Atom
Cons of CodeKit
  • 19
    Slow with large files
  • 7
    Slow startup
  • 2
    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
  • 1
    Cannot Run code with F5
  • 1
    Can be easily Modified
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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 CodeKit?

    Process Less, Sass, Stylus, Jade, Haml, Slim, CoffeeScript, Javascript, and Compass files automatically each time you save. Easily set options for each language.

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    What are some alternatives to Atom and CodeKit?
    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.
    Visual Studio Code
    Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
    Brackets
    With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, it is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser.
    cell
    cell is a self-constructing web app framework powered by a self-driving DOM. Learning cell is mostly about understanding how cell works, and not about how to use and memorize some API methods, because there is no API.
    Element
    Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources.
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