How To Install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Steam on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Steam was first released on September 12, 2003. It is a digital service to distribute video games. Furthermore, it is developed by Valve Corporation. There are numerous games available on the Steam store, few we can play for free. While others would require us to make a purchase.

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 through the step-by-step installation of Steam on an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Steam on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install Steam from Ubuntu repository

Run the following commands to add a multiverse Ubuntu repository:

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse
sudo apt update
sudo apt install steam

Use your desktop menu to start Steam or alternatively execute the following command:

  • Install Steam from the official Steam package

First, enable the i386 architecture repository:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update

Next, install all Steam prerequisites:

sudo apt install wget gdebi-core libgl1-mesa-glx:i386

Then, download the official Steam package:

wget -O ~/steam.deb

Once done download, use the gdebi command to install the steam.deb package:

sudo gdebi ~/steam.deb

Next, we have two options – either launch package Steam from Systems’ main menu or from terminal (type steam)

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Steam. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Steam on your Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) system. 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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