How to Install Steam on Ubuntu Linux

Computer screen with icons
Computer screen with icons

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. In addition, it offers digital game management, multiplayer servers, social networking, and entertainment services.

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

Also, for students and new users learning Linux, Ubuntu Linux is the most accessible place to start learning. Ubuntu is the modern, open-source Linux operating system for desktops, 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; you can install Steam built for Windows on Ubuntu using Wine.

How to install Steam from the Ubuntu repository

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

To install Steam from the 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, search for Steam, and launch it.

Steam Ubuntu Install

You can create one from the screen above if you don’t already have an account. If you do have one, log on and play the latest games.

How to install Steam as a deb package

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

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

The official Steam repository will be added to your system during installation. 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!


This post showed you how to install Steam on Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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