Atom vs Neovim: 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 Neovim? Vim's rebirth for the 21st century. Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.
Atom and Neovim can be categorized 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, Neovim provides the following key features:
- More powerful plugins
- Better GUI architecture
- First-class support for embedding
"Free" is the primary reason why developers consider Atom over the competitors, whereas "Modern and more powerful Vim" was stated as the key factor in picking Neovim.
Atom and Neovim are both open source tools. It seems that Atom with 49.2K GitHub stars and 12.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Neovim with 32K GitHub stars and 2.33K GitHub forks.
Lyft, Typeform, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Atom, whereas Neovim is used by MAK IT, Finciero, and Focus21 Inc.. Atom has a broader approval, being mentioned in 836 company stacks & 725 developers stacks; compared to Neovim, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.