In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Steam on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Steam is a digital distribution platform for video games. Amazon Kindle is a digital distribution platform for e-Books, and iTunes for music, similarly Steam is for games. It provides you the option to buy and install games, plays multiplayer, and stay in touch with other games via social networking on its platform. The games are protected with DRM. Recently, over 4500 games are available through Steam, and 125 million active users are registered with the Steam platform.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘
sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Steam on a Debian 10 (Buster).
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Steam on Debian 10 Buster
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing Steam on Debian 10.
Now we need to enable 32-bit support. Since the Steam client is a 32bit application we will also need to enable the i386 architecture:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Next, add Non-Free Sources on the Debian system:
Add the following line:
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main non-free contrib deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian/ buster main non-free contrib deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security buster/updates main contrib non-free deb-src http://security.debian.org/debian-security buster/updates main contrib non-free
Once done, run the following command to install the Steam packages:
sudo apt update sudo apt install steam
Step 3. Accessing Steam on Debian.
As you are running for the first time, you’ll be asked to either create an account or log in to an existing account. It will also ask for agreeing to terms and conditions.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Steam. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Steam on Debian 10 Buster. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Steam website.