Software & Apps Linux How to Install Steam Within Elementary OS Steam is generally available within software repositories by Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated on December 08, 2019 Ian Forsyth / Getty Images Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email 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. 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.