Run code in Atom!

Kyle Kelley






This package provides the following services:


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Run code in Atom!

Run scripts based on file name, a selection of code, or by line number.

Currently supported grammars are:

Grammar File Based Selection Based Required Package Required in PATH Notes
Assembly (NASM) Yes Yes language-x86-64-assembly nasm, binutils
1C (BSL) Yes language-1c-bsl oscript
Ansible Yes language-ansible ansible-playbook
AutoHotKey Yes Yes language-autohotkey AutoHotKey.exe
AppleScript Yes Yes language-applescript osascript
Babel ES6 JS Yes Yes language-babel node
Bash Yes Yes Runs if your SHELL or #! line is bash.
Bats (Bash Automated Test System) Yes Yes language-bats bats
Windows Batch (cmd.exe) Yes language-batch/file
Behat Yes behat-atom behat
BuckleScript Yes Yes bs-platform bsc
C Yes Yes xcrun clang/cc Available only on macOS and Linux.
C# Yes Yes csc.exe
C# Script Yes Yes scriptcs
C++ Yes Yes xcrun clang++/g++ Available only on macOS and Linux. Run with -std=c++14.
Clojure Yes Yes lein exec Requires Leiningen with the lein-exec plugin.
CoffeeScript (Literate) Yes Yes coffee
Crystal Yes Yes language-crystal-actual crystal
Cucumber (Gherkin) Yes language-gherkin cucumber
D Yes Yes language-d rdmd
Dart Yes Yes dartlang dart
DOT (Graphviz) Yes Yes language-dot dot
Elixir Yes Yes language-elixir elixir
Erlang Yes language-erlang erl Limited selection based runs only (see #70).
F* Yes atom-fstar fstar
F# Yes language-fsharp fsharpi/fsi.exe
Fish Yes Yes language-fish-shell fish
Forth Yes language-forth gforth
Fortran Yes language-fortran gfortran
Gnuplot Yes language-gnuplot-atom gnuplot
Go Yes go
Groovy Yes Yes language-groovy groovy
Haskell (Literate) Yes Yes language-haskell runhaskell/ghc
HTML Yes Opens the current HTML file in your default browser.
Hy Yes Yes language-hy hy.exe
IcedCoffeeScript Yes Yes language-iced-coffee-script iced
Inno Setup Yes language-innosetup ISCC.exe
Idris Yes language-idris idris
io Yes Yes atom-language-io io
Java Yes *\jdk1.x.x_xx\bin Project directory should be the source directory; subfolders imply packaging.
Javascript Yes Yes node
JavaScript for Automation (JXA) Yes Yes language-javascript-jxa osascript -l JavaScript Available on macOS only.
Jolie Yes language-jolie jolie
Julia Yes Yes language-julia julia
Kotlin Yes Yes language-kotlin kotlinc
LAMMPS Yes language-lammps lammps Available only on macOS and Linux.
LaTeX Yes language-latex latexmk
LilyPond Yes atlilypond lilypond
Lisp Yes Yes language-lisp sbcl Selection based runs are limited to a single line.
LiveScript Yes Yes language-livescript lsc
Lua Yes Yes language-lua[-wow] lua
Makefile Yes Yes
MATLAB Yes Yes language-matlab matlab
MIPS Yes language-mips spim
MongoDB Yes Yes language-mongodb mongo
MoonScript Yes Yes language-moonscript moon
NCL Yes Yes language-ncl ncl Scripts must end with an exit command for file based runs.
newLISP Yes Yes language-newlisp newlisp
Nim[Script] Yes language-nim nim
NSIS Yes Yes language-nsis makensis
Objective-C[++] Yes xcrun clang[++] Available on macOS only.
OCaml Yes language-ocaml ocaml
Octave Yes Yes language-matlab octave
Oz Yes Yes language-oz ozc
Pandoc Markdown Yes language-pfm panzer
Pascal Yes Yes language-pascal fpc
Perl Yes Yes
PHP Yes Yes
PostgreSQL Yes Yes language-pgsql psql Connects as user PGUSER to database PGDATABASE. Both default to your operating system's USERNAME, but can be set in the process environment or in Atom's init file: process.env.PGUSER = {user name} and process.env.PGDATABASE = {database name}
POV-Ray Yes atom-language-povray povengine/povray
PowerShell Yes Yes language-powershell powershell
Processing Yes processing-language processing-java
Prolog Yes language-prolog swipl Scripts must contain a rule with the head main (e.g.main:- parent(X,lucas),writeln(X).). The script is executed with the goal main and exits after the first result is found. The output is produced by the writeln/1 predicates.
PureScript Yes language-purescript pulp
Python Yes Yes
R Yes Yes language-r Rscript
Racket Yes Yes language-racket racket
Raku Yes Yes raku
Reason Yes Yes language-reason rebuild
Ren'Py Yes No language-renpy renpy Runs your project at the root of the current file.
Robot Framework Yes No language-robot-framework robot The output location depends on the CWD behaviour which can be altered in settings.
RSpec Yes Yes language-rspec rspec
Ruby Yes Yes
Ruby on Rails Yes Yes
Rust Yes language-rust rustc
Sage Yes Yes language-sage sage
Sass/SCSS Yes sass
Scala Yes Yes language-scala scala
Scheme Yes Yes langauge-scheme guile
Shell Script Yes Yes SHELL Runs according to your default SHELL, or #! line.
Standard ML Yes language-sml sml
Stata Yes Yes language-stata stata
Swift Yes language-swift swift
Tcl Yes Yes language-tcltk tclsh
TypeScript Yes Yes ts-node
VBScript Yes Yes language-vbscript cscript
Zsh Yes Yes Runs if your SHELL or #! line is zsh.

NOTE: Some grammars may require you to install a custom language package.

You only have to add a few lines in a PR to support another.


apm install script


Search for script within package search in the Settings View.

Atom can't find node | ruby | python | my socks

Make sure to launch Atom from the console/terminal. This gives atom all your useful environment variables. Additionally, make sure to run it with the project path you need. For example, use

atom .

to get it to run with the current directory as the default place to run scripts from.

If you really wish to open atom from a launcher/icon, see this issue for a variety of workarounds that have been suggested.


Make sure to run atom from the command line to get full access to your environment variables. Running Atom from the icon will launch using launchctl's environment.

Script: Run will perform a "File Based" run when no text is selected (default).

Script: Run while text is selected will perform a "Selection Based" run executing just the highlighted code.

Script: Run by Line Number to run using the specified line number. Note that if you select an entire line this number could be off by one due to the way Atom detects numbers while text is selected.

Script: Configure Script should be used to configure command options, program arguments, and environment variables overrides. Environment variables may be input into the options view in the form VARIABLE_NAME_ONE=value;VARIABLE_NAME_TWO="other value";VARIABLE_NAME_3='test'.

Also, in this dialog you can save options as a profile for future use. For example, you can add two profiles, one for python2.7 and another for python3 and run scripts with a specified profile, which will be more convinient than entering options every time you want to switch python versions.

Change Default Language by opening Atom Settings as follows: Atom→Preferences→Open Config Folder. Then, you can use the tree-view to navigate to and open packages→script→lib→grammar→python.js to make your edits. It is also possible to directly edit the code under .atom/packages/script/lib/grammars/python.js

Script: Run With Profile allows you to run scripts with saved profiles. Profiles can be added in Script: Run Options dialog.

Script: Kill Process will kill the process but leaves the pane open.

Script: Close View closes the pane and kills the process.

To kill everything, click the close icon in the upper right and just go back to coding.

Script: Copy Run Results copies everything written to the output pane to the clipboard, allowing you to paste it into the editor.

Command and shortcut reference

Command macOS Linux/Windows Notes
Script: Run cmd-i shift-ctrl-b If text is selected a "Selection Based" is used instead of a "File Based" run
Script: Run by Line Number shift-cmd-j shift-ctrl-j If text is selected the line number will be the last
Script: Run Options shift-cmd-i shift-ctrl-alt-o Runs the selection or whole file with the given options
Script: Run with profile shift-cmd-k shift-ctrl-alt-b Runs the selection or whole file with the specified profile
Script: Close View esc or ctrl-w esc Closes the script view window
Script: Kill Process ctrl-c ctrl-q Kills the current script process


The following parameters will be replaced in any entry in args (command and program arguments). They should all be enclosed in curly brackets {}

Parameters are compatible with atom-build package.


This is an Open Open Source Project, which means:

Individuals making significant and valuable contributions are given commit-access to the project to contribute as they see fit.

As for coding and contributing, rely on the atom contributing guidelines. They're pretty solid.

Quick and dirty setup

apm develop script

This will clone the script repository to ~/github unless you set the ATOM_REPOS_HOME environment variable.

I already cloned it!

If you cloned it somewhere else, you'll want to use apm link --dev within the package directory, followed by apm install to get dependencies.


After pulling upstream changes, make sure to run apm update.

To start hacking, make sure to run atom --dev from the package directory. Cut a branch while you're working then either submit a Pull Request when done or when you want some feedback!