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How to install Steam on Linux?

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Steam is by far the most popular gaming platform out there. Millions of players all around the world come together on this one platform to play games and beyond.

Part of the reason why Steam is popular, alongwith its many amazing features, is the fact that you can run it on practically any system. You can be on Windows, Mac, or Linux and still be able to pick your game exactly where you left off.

Now I know what you’re thinking, games aren’t exactly the reason you’d run Linux on your machine. However, you’d be surprised at the number of games available for Linux.

So if you’re also looking to take a break from those long terminal sessions, here’s how to install Steam on Linux.

Also read: How to delete a Steam account?

Installing Steam on Linux

It’s actually way simpler than you might think.

Step 1: Head over to the Steam Website Click on the big download button.

Step 2: You’ll get a file called steam_latest.deb. This is the installation package that we’re going to use to install Steam. Double click to launch the installer.

Step 3: The package manager will launch. Click on Install Package to get the installation going.

Step 4: You should see a desktop icon to launch Steam now. In case you don’t just search for it from the menu bar. Steam will run the first-time check and install or update any dependencies it needs.

Also read: How to boost in-game hours on Steam?

Installing Steam using the terminal

If you’d like to do things the old fashioned way, and for some reason, the above method doesn’t cut it for you, here’s how to install Steam on Linux using the terminal.

Step 1: Fire up a terminal and type

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

Step 2: Now you can install Steam by typing

sudo apt update && sudo apt install steam

And just like that you’ll have steam up and running on your Linux machine in a matter of minutes. Keep in mind that this method does require a little bit of extra downloading.

Also read: How to find free games on Steam?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: