Installing Pulsar on Ubuntu 22.04

Installing Pulsar on Ubuntu 22.04


Ages ago, I fell in love with Atom text editor, which was created by Github in 2014. In June of 2022, Github announced that atom was reaching its end of life for development and support “in order to prioritize technologies that enable the future of software development”.

On December 15, 2022 Pulsar-edit was born as a beta release. The goal was to continue the development of the original Atom project so that access to third-party plugins and themes could still be achieved.

Is Pulsar the End-All-Be-All?

Not even close. Wikipedia offers up a comparison of various text editors, and then there are lists of IDEs to consider. An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) includes a compiler, debugger and related components, as well as a text editor, for software developers to ease their work flow. I don’t do much compiling because of my choices in technology stacks, so an amped-up text editor with debugging and add-on components is good enough for me. As such, I’ve modeled my articles after the tools that work for me.

So Let’s Get To It

In the following steps, we will evaluate several methods for installing Pulsar. First, let’s install wget

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install wget -y
1. .deb Package

In the terminal enter the following commands

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i Linux.pulsar_1.101.0-beta_amd64.deb

Finally, test your installation by opening up your current directory in pulsar.

$ pulsar .

If everything looks good, you should have Pulsar ready to operate.

2. AppImage

Download the AppImage file from the following location

$ wget

chmod to allow the execution of the AppImage

$ sudo chmod +x Linux.Pulsar-1.101.0-beta.AppImage

Run the AppImage from the download location

$ ./Linux.Pulsar-1.101.0-beta.AppImage

That’s all there is to it. With an AppImage, there is nothing to install or uninstall. Everything is self-contained within the AppImage file.

3. From a Compressed .tar.gz File

Download the .tar.gz file from the official website

$ wget -c -O - | tar -xz

cd into the pulsar directory

$ cd pulsar-1.101.0-beta

Copy the current directory to /opt/pulsar so we remember where our files are stored.

$ sudo cp -R . /opt/pulsar

Create a symbolic link for the the pulsar executable in /usr/bin/

$ sudo ln -s /opt/pulsar/pulsar /usr/bin/pulsar

Check the version and exist to verify everything installed correctly.

$ pulsar -v

Uninstalling Pulsar

To uninstall Pulsar from the debian package, simply run the following

$ sudo dpkg -P pulsar

To uninstall Pulsar from the .tar.gz file, simply delete the file directory and symbolic link

$ sudo rm -rf /opt/pulsar && sudo rm /usr/bin/pulsar

Wrapping Up

We learned a few different ways to install Pulsar in this article. Needless to say, I really enjoy using it. I hope you do as well.