The objective is to guide reader through the installation of Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux using standard Ubuntu repository as well as to perform a manual installation using the official Steam package.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Steam from Ubuntu package repository
  • How to install Steam manually by using the official Steam package
Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command. Furthermore, appropriate nvidia driver or AMD radeon driver must also be installed and configured before proceeding with the Steam installation.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

Install Steam from Ubuntu package repository


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  1. Confirm that the multiverse Ubuntu repository is enabled:
    $ sudo add-apt-repository multiverse
    $ sudo apt update
    
  2. Install Steam package:
    $ sudo apt install steam
    
  3. use your desktop menu to start Steam or alternatively execute the following command:
    $ steam
    

Install Steam manually by using the official Steam package



  1. Enable i386 architecture repository:
    $ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    $ sudo apt update
    
  2. Next, install all Steam prerequistes:
    $ sudo apt install wget gdebi-core libgl1-mesa-glx:i386
    
  3. Download the official Steam package:
    $ wget -O ~/steam.deb http://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb
    
  4. Install the downloaded Steam package using the gdebi command:
    $ sudo gdebi ~/steam.deb
    
  5. use your desktop menu to start Steam or alternatively execute the following command:
    $ steam
    
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