How To Install Steam On Ubuntu

Who doesn’t love games? No I am serious, according to statistics including google search results, the video game industry is one of the fastest growing industries for the past 10 years, in fact, even during the global recession in 2009, the video game industry continued to grow.

It is a multi-billion dollar industry and I am proud to say that I probably contributed some of my money towards that amount as well lol.

So what does this mean for the Linux Gaming Community? Because of the ever expanding Linux community, game developers are finally paying attention to us Linux users and new Linux games are being developed as we type.

One of the best examples is the one and only Steam Gaming Client.

Install Steam on Ubuntu

Download Steam on Ubuntu

What is Steam?

Steam is an internet-based digital game distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer, and social networking platform developed by Valve Corporation.

In simple terms, Steam is a program/software/application that allows you to download games on windows, mac and linux, it also allows you to play the games with other gamers online.

Install Steam On Ubuntu

To install Steam open a terminal window (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy+paste the following line:

  • sudo apt-get install steam -y

Download Steam On Ubuntu

If you like to use the Ubuntu Software Center to get your apps, you can simply open the Ubuntu Software Center and simply search for ‘Steam’ and you should be able to simply click and install the app.  Matter of fact, we recommend you do it this way, especially if you are a beginner on Linux.


Bonus Help for Linux AMD users:

For Amd users, how to use steam with your AMD card and ubuntu 14.04

1. You will need to install and update steam BEFORE you install your AMD drivers off the amd web page or steam will not launch.

2. You will need to execute this code below to fix weird mouse issues where it disappears while steam is running.

  • sudo gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.cursor active false

3.To install your amd driver (off the amd web page) you will need to first set a password for root like this

  • sudo passwd root

4. Now unzip your amd drivers and right click on the amd installer.run file right click and choose run.
Follow the prompts choose automatic install, push yes to reboot and games will now work.

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