Install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

This tutorial shows 2 ways to install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Method 1: Install Steam from Ubuntu Multiverse Repository

Steam client is included in Ubuntu multiverse repository.

First, make sure multiverse repository is enabled on your Ubuntu 16.04 machine. Click the Ubuntu icon on the top left corner to open Dash. Then search for software in the Dash. Click Software & Updates.

software & updates

In the Ubuntu Software tab of Software & Updates window, you will see 4 different Ubuntu repositories: main, universe, restricted and multiverse. Put a check mark before multiverse to enable it. Then close this window.

Software & Updates Ubuntu 16.04

You can also enable multiverse repository by running this command in terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

enable ubuntu multiverse repository

Now, to install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, just run the following command in terminal.

sudo apt-get install steam

You will be asked to accept Steam license agreement.

install steam on Ubuntu 16.04

Press TAB key to move to Ok, then press Enter key. Another window appears. Use arrow key to move to I AGREE and press Enter to accept the license.

install steam client on Ubuntu 16.04

Now Steam client is installed on Ubuntu 16.04 and it can be launched from Unity Dash.

ubuntu 16.04 steam

When launched, Steam will check if a new version is avaiable. It will automatically install the update if a new version if found.

Steam ubuntu 16.04

After the update is installed, you will be able to login.

Steam client ubuntu 16.04

Method 2: Manually Install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04

Go to steam official site, click Install Steam Now button to download the Steam deb package. Once downloaded, double click the deb package in file manager to install Steam. Ubuntu Software will be opened. Click the install button.

ubuntu steam client

ubuntu 16.04 steam client

Alternatively, you can use the following command to download the deb package.


Install it with gdebi

sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi steam_latest.deb

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One Response to “Install Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus

  • help i did every thing this said and steam is in my dash but whenever i click on it it shows the icon on the left for awhile without doing anything and then dissapears.

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