I have installed github's editor atom into /Application. I now expected to have the command apm at my disposal to be able to install further packages. Yet:

$ apm
-bash: apm: command not found

How do I get the apm command?

4 Answers 4


By opening atom and going via Atom > Install Shell Commands you will get atom and apm commands.

Screenshot of menu to add commands

  • I've done this and still the command cannot be found in the terminal. Any ideas where it resides so I can modify my bash file?
    – kakubei
    Nov 16, 2015 at 10:22
  • @kakubei $ which apm gives me /usr/bin/apm, so there it should be.
    – k0pernikus
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:36
  • Thanks, I was getting nothing for which or whereis, etc.
    – kakubei
    Nov 25, 2015 at 15:41
  • doesn't work for me Sep 12, 2016 at 16:45
  • Try: "sudo apm help" Nothing else worked for me
    – Sentry.co
    Jan 26, 2017 at 13:39

Atom->Install Shell Commands would install atom and apm commands.


After the Shell Commands installation:

  1. MacOSX: Open Terminal and run the "sudo apm install package-name"

  2. Windows: Open CMD as administrator and run the "apm install package-name"

  • "sudo apm install package-name" worked for me. Nothing else would.
    – Sentry.co
    Jan 26, 2017 at 13:38

In addition to other answers', if you are using Atom Beta and shell commands don't work, pay attention to the names of the installed commands:

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It's not apm, it's apm-beta!

The last step is to create an alias in ZSH (or similar way in other shell), edit .zshrc adding a new line:

alias apm=apm-beta

Of course, ensure "normal" Atom is not installed to prevent clashes. After this, apm should work.

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