Follow the steps:

  • Start Atom
  • Select menu item “View -> Toggle Command Palette”
  • Search for “clone”
  • Select “GitHub: Clone”
  • Enter the URL of the GitHub project you want to clone
  • Click “Clone”

To know the URL to use, go to, navigate to the repository you want to clone, click the “Clone or Download” button and copy the URL. You can choose between HTTPS and SSH, I would generally advise to use SSH, provided you have your SSH private key installed.