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How to install steam on Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04

Steam is a largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming. Steam is a free software and available for various platform like Windows, Mac and most recently for Linux distribution. This post will demonstrate how to install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04 Desktop.


Installation from official deb file

Installing Steam from its official deb file is probably the easiest option now. All you need to do is just visit official website   and click on green download button ( shown below )

Steam download Ubuntu

After clicking the similar button on official site, a deb file will be download in your Ubuntu computer. Now run this deb file and after successful execution Steam will be installed. Now you can find steam by using unity search bar.



Installation using APT-GET

Fort Installing steam using apt-get, you need to add Ubuntu’s multiverse repository and then you can install steam on your Ubuntu machine. Run these commands on terminal to install steam

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse 
sudo apt-get install steam

Detailed Manual Installation

If any of these two methods are not working for you, then you can install steam manually by following steps mentioned below.

If your Ubuntu machine runs on the 64-bit architecture, then you may require enabling multi-arch repositories.

Enable Multi-Arch Repositories

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Install Required Packages for steam

After enabling multi-arch, you need to install required packages for steam by running following commands on Linux 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Linux 17.04 Zesty Zapus

sudo apt-get install wget gdebi libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libc6:i386
sudo gdebi steam.deb

After running these above commands steam should be installed on your Ubuntu computer. You can run steam from Unity Search bar or by the terminal using by typing steam and hitting enter.


In few seconds Steam Login page will appear on your screen just Login or signup to start playing games on steam.



Pranav K

Pranav K is a software engineer and all-round computer geek. His interests include AWS, Ubuntu and Wordpress

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