Atom Shell is now called Electron. You can learn more about Electron and what people are building with it at its new home electron.atom.io.
Electron is the cross-platform application shell we originally built for the Atom editor to handle the Chromium/Node.js event loop integration and native APIs.
When we got started, our goal wasn’t just to support the needs of a text editor. We also wanted to create a straightforward framework that would allow people to use web technologies to build cross-platform desktop apps with all of the native trimmings.
So far, individual developers, early-stage startups, and large companies have built apps on Electron. They’ve created a huge range of apps — including chat apps, database explorers, map designers, collaborative design tools, and mobile prototyping apps.
If you’ve already gotten started, we’d love to chat with you about the apps you’re building on Electron. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us more. You can also follow the new @ElectronJS Twitter account to stay connected with the project.