How to install Steam on Ubuntu

Steam is a platform to play, discuss and create games on Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX machines. It is developed and maintained by Valve Corporation.

Steam is a video gaming platform developed by Valve Corporation. Steam has several games on its servers and you need to install the Steam client on your PC to access them. You can install games on your computer using the steam application and play them whenever you need.

Think of Steam as an online game store to find and buy your game. Steam ensure game developers are paid for their games. Even if the game is still under development, game developers trust steam and release their games on the Steam platform. This allows players to try any game before the official release. Players can also play a game demo and pay for the game if they liked it. One of steam’s strong features is saving your game online.

This tutorial will help you install Steam on Ubuntu. At the end of the tutorial, we’ll show you how to uninstall Steam if you need to remove it from your machine.

Installing Steam On Ubuntu by Command-line

Launch Terminal and enter the following commands:

Step 1. Ensure that your system is up-to-date, using the below commands.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install the Steam Installer, this installer will help you install the Steam application.

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

sudo apt install steam-installer

The output should look similar to below screenshot.

Install Steam
Install Steam

Step 3. Once the Steam installer has installed, open your applications from the bottom left panel and search for Steam then open it to run the Steam installer.

Search For Steam And Open The Application
Search For Steam And Open The Application

Step 4. When you run the Steam installer, the necessary Steam package will be downloaded and installed by Steam.

Steam Installer Downloading Necessary Packages
Steam Installer Downloading Necessary Packages

Step 5. Once the Steam installer downloads and installs the Steam application, it will open immediately.

Steam Application Started
Steam Application Started

The Steam application has now been installed. Next, you have to choose to create an account or login with your existing account to start using the Steam application.

Uninstall Steam from Ubuntu

In case you need to remove the Steam application from your Ubuntu system completely, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Open your terminal, use the next command to remove the Stem application package from your  Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get remove steam

Completely Remove Steam
Completely Remove Steam

After pressing “Y” to continue the Steam package should now be removed. The output should look like the below screenshot:

Steam Removed Successfully
Steam Removed Successfully

Step 2. Next, you should purge the Steam application with its configuration files.

sudo apt-get purge steam

Purge Steam With Configuration Files
Purge Steam With Configuration Files

While purging the Steam application, you will get a warning message telling you that if you need to completely remove the Steam application, you will need to remove Steam’s working files from your home directory. The warning message will look like the below screenshot.

Steam Purging Warning Message
Steam Purging Warning Message

Step 3. Finally, remove the Steam files from your home directory using the next command.

rm -rf ~/.local/share/Steam && rm -rf ~/.steam

Delete Steam Directory At the Home Directory
Delete Steam Directory At the Home Directory

So at this point, we have learned how to install Steam on Ubuntu. Also, just in case if you need to remove it we have mentioned it above.

Finally, I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and for any further questions just leave us a comment and we will be happy to help you with it.

Hend Adel
Hi! I'm Hend Adel, a freelancer technical geek with successful experience in Database, Linux and many other IT fields. I help to build solutions to suit business needs and creating streamlined processes. I love Linux and I'm here to share my skills via FOSS Linux! Thanks for reading my article.


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