How to Install Atom Packages

You can bring up your Atom settings by pressing Command + , (command + comma) or Control + , (control + comma) on Windows. From there, you can go to the "Install" tab and search for the name of the package you’d like to install. If you prefer using the command line, you can also use apm to install packages using:

$ apm install [package-name]


Unlike Java and Javascript, the convention in ClojureScript is to place closing delimiters on the same line instead of on a new line. To help manage this, Shaun LeBron’s Parinfer can automatically balance your closing delimiters based on your code’s indentation. Chris Oakman’s Atom package for Parinfer can be found here:

Improved Newline Auto-Indentation

Atom, by default, does not auto-indent newlines correctly for Lisp dialects. You can solve this by installing Jon Spalding’s lisp-paredit Atom package. If you’re already using Parinfer and only want to use the lisp-paredit package for newline indentation, you can change lisp-paredit’s settings to:

  • Enabled: checked

  • Strict: unchecked

  • Keybindings Enable: unchecked

…​and update your keymap.cson file with the following keybindings:

# Provides proper indentation when enter is pressed
  'enter': 'lisp-paredit:newline'

# Override newline back to original when in Proto-REPL console
# GitHub Issue:
'ink-console atom-text-editor[data-grammar~="clojure"]':
  'enter': 'editor:newline'
The keymap.cson file is found in the main menu under "Atom > Keymap…​".

Joker Linter

Roman Bataev’s Joker linter can let you know when you’ve made an error in your code. Ryan De La Torre’s Atom package for Joker can be found here:

To use this, you will also need to install Joker on your machine. You can download it here or install it via Homebrew with:

brew install candid82/brew/joker

Proto REPL

Jason Gilman’s Proto REPL allows you to evaluate ClojureScript code from your editor.

Setting Up Proto REPL with Figwheel

If you’re using Leiningen and Figwheel, the quickest way to connect Proto REPL to your application is to launch Figwheel from within Proto REPL. To do this, first merge figwheel-sidecar, piggieback, and proto-repl into your dev dependencies in your project.clj:

:profiles {:dev {:dependencies [[figwheel-sidecar "0.5.9"]
                                [com.cemerick/piggieback "0.2.1"]
                                [proto-repl "0.3.1"]]

Next, add piggieback’s nREPL middleware for ClojureScript in your project.clj:

:repl-options {:nrepl-middleware [cemerick.piggieback/wrap-cljs-repl]}

Now open Proto REPL. You can do this by pressing Command + Shift + P (or Control + Shift + P on Windows) to bring up the Command Palette, then using the Command Palette to search for the Proto REPL: Toggle command.

After starting Proto REPL, you should see the message, "Starting REPL with lein in [path to your project]" at the bottom of the REPL instructions. If all went well, you should be able to run the following command in Proto REPL to start Figwheel and start a ClojureScript REPL:

(do (use 'figwheel-sidecar.repl-api) (start-figwheel!) (cljs-repl))

Open your locally-hosted webpage in a browser, then try typing some test code into Proto REPL, such as (js/alert "Hello from Proto REPL!") to verify that everything is working. (The above command should cause an alert to appear in your browser.)

Saving Commands to Proto REPL

If you don’t want to type the command to start Figwheel every time, you can save a custom command to your Atom’s init.js/ file:

atom.commands.add('atom-text-editor', 'Start Figwheel with CLJS REPL', function () {
        (require 'figwheel-sidecar.repl-api)
        (resolve 'figwheel-sidecar.repl-api/start-figwheel!)
        (catch Throwable _))
      (eval '(do (figwheel-sidecar.repl-api/start-figwheel!)

More documentation on extending Proto REPL can be found here: