How to Install Steam Within Elementary OS

Steam is generally available within software repositories

Most Linux distributions install Steam straight from the package manager—but because Steam requires some 32-bit libraries, it will not install on a 64-bit-only system without the required libraries.

Installing Steam

Open your package manager from a shell session and install the steam package according to the syntax of your distribution's package manager.

Install Steam

If you prefer a graphical package manager, you may need to apply an alternative package manager. For example, Steam is not available in the glossy Software Center on Elementary OS, but if you install the Synaptic Package Manager—which contains the full list of packages for Ubuntu-compatible distributions—you'll find it.