How to install Steam on Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

If you've switched to Linux, and you are wondering if you can run Steam and play Steam games on your Linux machine..yes you can!

All you have to do is Install Steam, download the game you like, and play it.

Steam supports Ubuntu, and you can install Steam easily by using one of the method we explained in this tutorial.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Steam on Ubuntu 23.04 Desktop, using any of the supported package formats.

Install Steam from Multiverse repository

To be able to install Steam directly from your terminal, first you need to add multiverse repository on your system, this is done because Steam package is available on this repository.

To do this, simply run the command below

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

Now that you added multiverse repository, proceed to enable it by perform a system update

sudo apt-get update

Finally, Install Steam

sudo apt-get install steam -y

Install Steam with Snap

Installing Steam with snap on Ubuntu is quite easy, as snap is integrated on Ubuntu and is it enabled by default, you can install Steam via a simple command.

To install Steam simply run the command below

sudo snap install steam

Install Steam via Deb binary package

You can use the default package manager apt on Ubuntu to install Steam binary package. First you need to download the binary package, and then install it by using the terminal.

You can also install Steam binary package by using GUI. However, in this tutorial, we are going to install Steam using terminal

Launch the terminal, and run the command below to install Steam

sudo apt install ./Steam.deb

Next, press Y to confirm installing Steam

Once Steam has been installed, you need to click to "Start Steam" button in order to start steam installer

Next, you will see the following prompt, press enter to proceed installing Steam

Press enter to install Steam dependencies

Next, you need to confirm by pressing Y key

Once you confirm on the prompt above, proceed to authenticate, type root password and then click to the "Authenticate" button

And let the installer complete.

Install Steam with Flatpak

Steam is available on flathub repository, and you can install it very easily by using flatpak.

To install Steam with Flatpak, run the command below

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Launch Steam

Now that Steam is installed on your machine, launch it by double clicking the icon that was added on your Desktop. If you don't see Steam icon on your Desktop, you can easily launch it by running the command below


When you launch Steam for the first time, Steam will be downloading necessary updates, so make sure to keep the updating window open and wait for the update to be completed.

You should be able to login to your Steam account right after update process has been completed.

Uninstall Steam

You can uninstall Steam easily depending the package format you used when installed it.

For example, if you installed Steam via binary package, then to uninstall Steam you can use the purge command

sudo apt purge steam steam-launcher

To uninstall Steam with snap, run the command below

sudo snap remove steam

To uninstall Steam with Flatpak, run the command below

sudo flatpak uninstall com.valvesoftware.Steam

Uninstalling Steam won't remove the Steam folder that gets created on ~/.local/share, so you need to remove this folder manually, by using the rm command.

sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Steam


In this tutorial, you learned how to install Steam on Ubuntu 23.04.