How to Install Steam on Ubuntu Linux

This post shows students and new users steps to install and use Steam on Ubuntu Linux. Steam is a cross-platform digital entertainment platform for purchasing and playing video games. It offers digital game management, multiplayer server, social networking and entertainment services.

There are thousands of games from action to indie and others for gamers and It software is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Whether you’re on a Windows, Mac Linux PC, Steam should work and allow you to move between different PC platforms.

Also, for students and new users learning Linux, the easiest place to start learning is on Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is the modern, open source Linux operating system for desktop, servers and other devices.

When you’re ready to install Steam on Ubuntu Linux, follow the steps below.

There are multiple ways to install Steam on Ubuntu Linux. One is via Ubuntu default repository, another is via Steam official package, and you can also install Steam built for Windows on Ubuntu using Wine.

How to install Steam from Ubuntu repository

Installing Steam on Ubuntu is relatively easy and straightforward. Steam is available by default in Ubuntu Multiverse repository.

To install Steam from Ubuntu repository, run the commands below to enable the Multiverse repository, update the package index and install Steam.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install steam-installer

When the installation is done, go to the Activities ==> overview and search for Steam and launch it.

If you don’t already haven an account, you can create one from the screen above. If you do have one, logon and play the latest games.

How to install Steam as deb package

You can also install Steam via its default DEB package. To do that, run the commands below to install required packages and dependencies.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt install wget gdebi-core libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386

After installing the packages above, run the commands below to download the official Steam installer.

cd /tmp

Once the download is complete, run the commands below to install Steam using the apt command.

sudo apt install ./steam.deb

During the installation process, the official Steam repository will be added to your system. The repository allows you to update Steam when new versions are released automatically.

Running the commands below to update Ubuntu Linux will also update Steam when a new version is available.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

That should do it!


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