Objective

Install the Windows version of Steam on Linux with Lutris.

Distributions

The Lutris installation section of this guide is tailored to Ubuntu, but this can be done on any distribution running Lutris.

Requirements

A working Linux install with root privileges.

Difficulty

Easy

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux command to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - given linux command to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Introduction

Playing games with Steam on Linux is great, but you're still locked out of all your Windows-only titles. With Lutris, though, playing them becomes a lot easier. Lutris has a separate Steam runner specifically designed for playing Windows games. It also has all the benefits of the separate script configurations and prefixes that Lutris uses.

Install Lutris

First, you're going to need to install Lutris on your system. We have great guide for installing and using Lutris on Ubuntu. If you're on a different distribution, check the official Lutris documentation to get your distribution set up.

Install the Steam Launcher

Add Wine Steam Runner
Add Wine Steam Runner
Now that you have Lutris installed and working on your system, open it up. Click on the "Runners" icon. It's the second one from the left. Scroll all the way down until you reach the Wine Steam launcher. Install it.

Check Version Wine Steam
Check Version Wine Steam
It will start off by asking you if you want to start the install. Lutris will take some time downloading and setting up Steam with its own Wine prefix. When it's finished, right click on the runner to the left of your Lutris main screen. Click on the "Configure" button. Make sure that the version of Wine there is the latest version of Wine Staging available. If it isn't, close that window, and head back to the "Runners" window.

Lutris Install Latest Wine
Lutris Install Latest Wine
Scroll to the bottom, and select Wine. Click the checkbox next to the latest staging release. Wait for Lutris to download and install the new version of Wine. Return to your main screen, and open back up the Wine Steam configuration. Set your Wine version to the latest one.

Run Wine Steam
Run Wine Steam
When everything's set, launch Steam. Sign yourself in, and take a look around. Now, you could start installing games here, but they won't have their own individual configurations and prefixes.

Wine Steam Running
Wine Steam Running

Install A Windows Steam Game

So, it's time to try installing a game the better way. Close Steam. Open up your browser, and head over to the Lutris website and find a Steam game that you want to install. Click on the "Install" button to start installing your game.

Wine Steam Installing Game
Wine Steam Installing Game
Follow through the install process. Lutris won't install Steam again. It'll work through your existing Steam installation. Lutris will begin downloading your game.

Wine Steam Running Game
Wine Steam Running Game
When the download is done, you can play your game the way you normally would through Steam. Now, each game you install has its own prefix and its own settings. You can launch the other games in Steam from within that prefix, but it won't be tailored to that game. It's always best to launch the Steam game from its own launcher and its own prefix.

Closing Thoughts

You're now ready to make the most of your Steam games on Linux with Wine and Lutris. Remember to keep your games and Steam updated. It's also important to keep Wine on its latest version. Wine is making tremendous progress, and you're definitely going to want to take advantage of that.
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