How To Install Steam on Debian 11

Install Steam on Debian 11

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Steam on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Steam is a popular application for Linux, Windows, and macOS to play PC games. It provides you with options to buy and install games, play multiplayer titles, and stay in touch with other gamers via social networking on its 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 11 (Bullseye).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 11 (Bullseye).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 11 Bullseye

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. Enabling 32-bit support (Multi-Arch).

Multi-Arch helps the system to install packages and dependencies for both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture. As many games support 32-bit architecture, thus we need to enable its 32-bit support on Debian before installing Steam:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Step 3. Installing Steam on Debian 11.

Steam is not available in the standard Debian 11 repositories, now we add the non-free repository to your system:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line:

deb bullseye main non-free contrib
deb-src bullseye main non-free contrib

deb bullseye/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src bullseye/updates main contrib non-free

Now, install the Steam app on your Debian 11 operating system using the following command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install steam

Step 3. Accessing Steam on Debian.

Once the installation is completed, go to All Applications and search for the install Steam app, as its icon appears, click to run it.

Install Steam on Debian 11 Bullseye

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Steam. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Steam on Debian 11 Bullseye. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Steam website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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