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Make Atom Editor load faster

The default installation of Atom editor comes with a bunch of core packages that you may not need. I have found that you can actually speed up the load time of Atom by disabling a lot of these core packages.

The good thing about Atom is anytime I need a package I can just enable it and it's instantly active (for most packages). Please note that what you disable would depend on your own needs. For example, if you develop Java, you would want to keep 'language-java' enabled.

I proceeded to disable the following packages as I did not see the need for them at the moment.
  • about - if disabled, nothing will happen if you click Help > About Atom. You can still check for updates using Help > Check for Update.
  • archive-view
  • autocomplete-atom-api
  • autoflow
  • autosave - Atom will still save your edit buffer. This package is not necessary to save buffer.
  • background-tips - The tips shown when you don't have any tab open.
  • bookmarks
  • command-palette
  • dalek
  • deprecation-cop
  • dev-live-reload
  • fuzzy-finder
  • incompatible-packages
  • keybinding-resolver
  • language-c
  • language-clojure
  • language-coffee-script
  • language-csharp
  • language-go
  • language-java
  • language-make
  • language-mustache
  • language-objective-c
  • language-perl
  • language-property-list
  • language-python
  • language-ruby
  • language-ruby-on-rails
  • language-sass
  • language-shellscript
  • language-toml
  • open-on-github
  • package-generator
  • snippets
  • styleguide
  • symbols-view
  • update-package-dependencies
  • welcome
  • whitespace - I hate it when Atom "cleans" a file based on unwritten rules without my permission. This package or all of its options should have been disabled by default.
  • wrap-guide - This is the 80 char vertical line in the editor.
So these packages are left enabled by me (based on my preferences):
  • autocomplete-css
  • autocomplete-html
  • autocomplete-plus
  • autocomplete-snippets
  • bracket-matcher - Tip: Install swackets!
  • encoding-selector
  • exception-reporting
  • find-and-replace
  • git-diff
  • github
  • go-to-line
  • grammar-selector
  • image-view
  • language-css
  • language-gfm
  • language-git
  • language-html
  • language-hyperlink
  • language-javascript
  • language-json
  • language-less
  • language-php
  • language-source
  • language-sql
  • language-text
  • language-todo
  • language-xml
  • language-yaml
  • line-ending-selector
  • link
  • markdown-preview
  • metrics
  • notifications
  • settings-view - Careful with this. I suspect you may end up not able to access Settings if you disable this.
  • spell-check
  • status-bar
  • tabs
  • timecop - You can disable this as well. I used it to capture Atom's load time.
  • tree-view


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