How to Install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

Install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Steam on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Steam is a cross-platform entertainment platform developed by Valve Corporation for purchasing and playing video games. You can find both free and commercial games that can play on Ubuntu via the Steam client and It is the most convenient way to install and play games on your Ubuntu 18.04 desktop.


  • Operating System with Ubuntu 18.04
  • Server IPv4 Address with Superuser Privileges (Root Access)
  • Gnome Terminal for Linux Desktop
  • PuTTy SSH client for Windows or macOS
  • Powershell for Windows 10/11
  • Familiar with APT Commands

Install Steam on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04.

Now enabling the Multiverse repository using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

Next, install the steam package by typing:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install steam

Step 3. Accessing Steam.

Once the installation is completed you can start it either from the command line by typing steam or by clicking on the Steam icon (Activities -> Steam).

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.

Step 4. Using Steam to play games on Ubuntu.

Now, once you have created and logged into it with your account, you’ll be welcomed to a screen like this:

Install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04

Pay attention to what platform a game is available on. Normally, the platform info is displayed with the game.

That’s all you need to do to install Steam on Ubuntu 18.04. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.