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Steam can be installed from Ubuntu’s multiverse repo, or by manually sourcing the deb package and performing a local install. On older systems, you may need to manually enable multiverse first for the first method. It’s just one extra step though, nothing to worry about. 

Install from Ubuntu Store

You can install Steam using the Ubuntu Software app if you want a GUI-based method.

  1. Search and open ‘Ubuntu Software’ from the Activities overview.
    ubuntu software app
  2. Locate the Steam Installer and click on Install.
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  3. Enter your password for authentication.
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  4. After installing Steam, you can launch it from the Applications window.
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Install Using Apt

The fastest way to install Steam is with apt. But this won’t work if the multiverse repo isn’t already enabled.

Step 1: Enable the Multiverse Repository

First, ensure the multiverse repo is already enabled. If it isn’t, the following command will automatically add it.

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

Step 2: Update Your Package List

After enabling the new repo, update your package index so you can install the latest Steam version.

sudo apt update

Step 3: Install Steam

Use apt to install Steam from the Ubuntu multiverse repo.

sudo apt install -y steam

Step 4: Launch Steam

After installing Steam, you can launch it from the Applications menu as done earlier. Or, you can launch it from the terminal by entering


Local Deb Install

As the multiverse repo contains software that isn’t free or open-source, some users don’t like enabling it. In that case, you can download the deb package and install Steam manually.  

Go to the Steam store and download the Steam deb package. Then, enter the downloaded file’s path and install Steam.

sudo apt install ~/Downloads/steam_package

Once again, you can launch it from the terminal by entering


How to Update or Remove Steam

Steam auto-updates at launch, so you don’t need to worry about the package being old or manually upgrading it. And if you need to uninstall Steam, you can remove it and the orphaned dependencies with

sudo apt remove steam
sudo apt autoremove

The Steam package is gone, but the user files such as your downloaded games will still be on the drive. You can delete those by removing the user Steam directory with

rm -r ~/.local/share/Steam
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Anup Thapa is a Linux enthusiast with an extensive background in computer hardware and networking. His goal is to effectively communicate technical concepts in a simplified form understandable by new Linux users. To this end, he mainly writes beginner-friendly tutorials and troubleshooting guides. Outside of work, he enjoys reading up on a range of topics, traveling, working out, and MOBAs.