Gaming on Linux has been made easier, accessible and expanded, thanks to Steam. In this tutorial, we’ll see how to install Steam in Ubuntu and how to use it to play games in Ubuntu. Before we see that, let’s first know what is Steam.
What is Steam?
Steam is a digital distribution platform for video games. As Amazon Kindle is a digital distribution platform for e-Books, iTunes for music, similarly Steam is for games. It provides you the option to buy and install games, play multiplayer and stay in touch with other games via social networking on its platform. The games are protected with DRM.
So, if you purchase/download a game, you can install it on various devices and platform using your Steam account.
Install Steam in Ubuntu
I am using Ubuntu 16.04 while writing this tutorial, but the instructions should be exactly the same in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and newer versions like Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04.
Steam is a proprietary software and is added in the Multiverse repository. Normally Multiverse repository should already be enabled but it won’t hurt to make sure that it is enabled. And once you enable multiverse, you can easily install Steam.
In a terminal, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository multiverse sudo apt-get install steam
It will start installing Steam. During the installation, you’ll see a screen like this in the terminal. Press Tab to select an option and press enter.
Next screen will be similar to terms and condition. Press tab to select the option and then press enter.
Once installed, go to Unity Dash and look for Steam. Click on it to start it.
Well, now you would realize that it has not really been installed. In fact, it was only the installer. When you run it for the first time, it will download the necessary package and install the Steam platform.
As you are running for the first time, you’ll be asked to either create an account or log in to an existing account. It will also ask for agreeing to terms and conditions. I presume that you know what to do here, don’t you?
Using Steam to play games on Ubuntu Linux
Now, once you have created and logged into it with your account, you’ll be welcomed to a screen like this:
Pay attention to what platform a game is available on. Normally, the platform info is displayed with the game. For Linux, the symbol is Steam icon because Steam has its won Linux based distribution Steam OS.
If you are searching for Linux games, just type Linux in the search box:
Or, filter by operating system:
Pay attention to system requirements of a game by going to the details of the game:
When you want to play a game or buy a game, you can simply choose the right option:
When you download a game, it gives you option if you want the game to be searchable in the OS or if you want a desktop shortcut for the new game being installed:
The game will be downloaded in the background so that you can keep on browsing other games:
That’s it. That’s all you need to do to install and use Steam in Ubuntu to play games in Linux. Any questions or suggestions are most welcomed.