3 Ways to Install Steam on Linux Mint or LMDE
Here we learn the commands to install and use the latest version of Steam client on Ubuntu-based Linux Mint or Debian-based LDME to play games.
Steam software is the largest online distribution platform for computer games and is available for Windows, Linux and macOS. Steam comes from developer Valve and has over 100 million active users.
The Steam online platform is apparently a distribution platform for software, PC games, series or films. The platform is developed by the company Valve and has several million active accounts, according to its information
Even though it is available for Linux, it does not mean that all available games can be played on Linux Distros. Only games originally released by developers supporting Linux can be released. Yes, indeed, compared to Windows, the number of games is not very high for Ubuntu or other Linux distributions, but anyway, there is still a good source to satisfy the gaming frenzy on open-source platforms. The games are DRM protected.
Steps to Install Steam on Linux Mint or LDME
The given steps are not limited to Linux Mint and can even be used on other versions of Ubuntu or Debian-based operating systems such as MX Linux and POP!_OS.
#1st method using GUI software manager:
1. Open the Software Manager
Well, if you are a Linux Mint or LDME user, your first preference for installing certain software would be the graphical user interface. Therefore, let’s use it first to install the Steam client application. Click on the Linux Mint start menu to open the application launcher and find the software manager. When its icon appears, click to perform the same.
2. Search Steam
Once the software manager is open, navigate to its search box and type Steam. Soon you will see it in search results.
3. Install Steam on Linux Mint or LDME
Now click on the Steam icon, which appeared in the search results. After that click on the INSTALL and start installing this Valve client application on your Linux Mint.
#2nd method using APT package manager
4. Open the command terminal
Now those who prefer the command line can also use it to install Steam. To open the Terminal app, you can search the app launcher or just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T.
5. Update your system
To update the APT package manager cache and install the latest security updates, run the system update command. It’s here:
sudo apt update
6. Install Steam on LDME
The best thing is that we don’t need to install any third-party repository on our Linux Mint to download and install Steam. As with any other open source application, just use your APT package manager and the name of the package to install.
sudo apt install steam
#3rd Use the official Steam repository for the latest beta or development builds
7. Add Official Steam Repository on Linux Mint
The only downside to the previous two methods is that the version of Steam through them would not be the most recent. Also, those who want to test the Steam beta for the latest features can’t get it from the default Linux Mint system repository either. Therefore, those who wish to have an up-to-date version can manually integrate the official Steam repository.
Add a GPG key:
sudo wget -O- http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/stable/steam.gpg | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/steam.gpg
Add a repository:
Use one of the given repositories:
For the Stable version:
echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/steam.gpg] http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/ stable steam | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/steam.list
For the beta version:
echo deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/steam.gpg] http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/ beta steam | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/steam.list
After adding the repository, run system update once:
sudo apt update
8. Install the latest Steam client on Linux Mint
Now we can use the regular APT package manager command to install the Steam client on our system. However, this time, instead of fetching the packages to install from the system’s default repository, we’ll get them from the newly added repository.
sudo apt install steam
9. Launch Steam to update packages
When the command terminal confirms that the installation is complete, go to the application launcher and start the Steam platform by clicking on its icon. After that, Auto-Update will download the latest available updates for Steam to run on Linux. Let it happen.
10. Create a Steam account or log in
In the next step, you will see the Steam window asking you to create an account or login with the existing one. Therefore, if you are already registered on this gaming platform, log in with your account, otherwise create a new one.
11. Filter Game by Linux Distro
To browse only games on Steam compatible with Linux such as Mint, go to the Store menu and select Categories -> SteamOS + Linux option. This will display the games available for your system.
12. Make SteamOS + Linux the Default OS
Moreover, you can even set Linux as the default operating system to view and search games on Steam. Just click on your Account name and select Account defaults. Then from the left side select again Preferencesand scroll down to select the SteamOS+Linux option.
13. How to update Steam
We used the Apt package manager and the official system repository to install Steam on Linux Mint or LDME, therefore, to get future updates for this gaming platform:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
14. Uninstall Steam from Linux Mint
If you are no longer interested in this game distribution platform, you can use the command below to completely remove it from your system:
sudo apt autoremove --purge steam
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