Uninstalling and deleting the IDE is a two-step process. First you will use an app cleaner to remove the IDE from your computer. Then you will remove the ~/.atom file from your computer.

1. Deleting the IDE 


This app cleaner is commonly used for OSX. Just download the app cleaner and select the Learn IDE and its related files for deletion! 



Use the “apt-get” command, which is the general command for manipulating installed programs. To uninstall the Learn IDE and delete all the configuration files, type 

sudo apt-get --purge remove atom 

Enter your password when prompted and press “Enter”.


Type the following command at a shell prompt: rpm -e atom (more info).


The Control Panel has a section for uninstalling programs. Follow the step-by-step video below.

2. Removing the ~/.atom File


  1. Open Terminal/bash 

  2. type mv ~/.atom ~/.atom.bak  on the command line

  3. Check that you actually deleted the ~/.atom file by running test -e  ~/.atom && echo ".atom file exists" || echo ".atom file does not exist" in your computer's terminal (not the IDE terminal!). This will return File does not exist you successfully deleted the file. It will return .atom file exists if the file is still there.


  1. Find the .atom directory at C:\Users\${username}\.atom. Note: Since the .atom directory starts with a ". ", you may not be able to see it, but the directory is still there. Please see this article on how to show hidden files and folders in Windows.

  2. Right-click the file and rename it to .atom.bak. 

If you have further questions or encounter any difficulty, please contact a Technical Coach through Ask a Question (see if your program has Technical Coach support) or contact Technical Support by clicking the Help icon in the lower right side of your screen. 

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