Steam Platform for Ubuntu 27 comments

With the release of native Steam platform for Mac OS by Valve Corporation, there are a lot of rumours about Valve’s Steam platform for linux. However, there has been no proper confirmation of this from the Valve Corporation. Although, there is a native Linux version of the Half-Life Dedicated Server available.

But, for the time being , we will keep playing steam games on linux. How? The answer itslelf is Playonlinux.

PlayOnLinux (POL) is a tool to help Linux users run games and programs for Windows on Linux, via the use of (as a front-end for) Wine. When you install applications with Wine all your file are saved in the same prefix. This maybe isn’t a problem, until you realize a file in one program is messing up another program. PlayOnLinux uses different prefixes for all applications, so you can have specified configurations, settings and file-trees for each program.

One “easy” method of installing Steam is with Play On Linux.

Installing POL:

First download the latest version of POL here .


Follow these steps to install via Terminal:

Open the terminal and type the following according to your Ubuntu version :

For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx :-

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

For Ubuntu 9.10 – Karmic Koala :-

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

For Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope :-

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

For Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex :-

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

For Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron :-

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

and done .

After successfully installing PlayonLinux, just navigate to Ubuntu main menu and Click Games>playonlinux and start the PlayonLinux interface.

Installing MS fonts:

POL at first run will start the Update and will ask you to install Microsoft Core Fonts on your computer.

1) Click Forward to install MS fonts.

2) Accept the license terms and click forward.

3) The installer will now download and install MSfonts on your computer. Click Forward to continue using POL.

Install Steam :-

1) Open POL and goto “Most Downloaded” to get the list of programs and applications which are most popular.

2) Clickthe Steam icon and install. Follow the steps and do as the installer instructs .

At the end of installation, the installer will ask you to create a desktop icon of steam and add steam to your main menu. Check both and click OK.

Install DirectX 9.0c:

1) After that, again navigate to POL and install DirectX 9.0c from the interface as the steam games require DirectX rendering.

2) Just Click Most Downloaded > DirectX End User Runtimes and follow the steps accordingly .

Logging in:

You have successfully installed steam. Now, its the time to game .

Login to Steam using your Steam ID by Clicking “Login to an Existing Account ” or create a steam ID using the steam interface by clicking “Create a New account “. Its free to register yourself on steam however Steam games are not free. Visit Steam Store to purchase the Games you want to play on Ubuntu.

After getting your games, just navigate to Steam interface and click “My Games”. You will see the games are available to download and install. Double Click the Game icon andΒ  install it. After that, you are ready to Steam on Ubuntu.

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To remove Steam, simply select it in the list and click Remove. Note that while the application and all its files and registry settings are deleted, currently PlayOnLinux may not remove all shortcuts to the application.You might have to do it manually . Just select the shortcut and press Shift+delete .

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Note: Games run with this method will be slower than running them on Windows because the games are not native executables for Linux. To get the best performance we will need to wait for Valve to release a native Steam client.

Refreshing the Repository: If you are unable to find the application you want, you may want to refresh the local list of applications by clicking the “Refresh the repository” button. This will make sure you have the latest available scripts.

About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.

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  • Ressie Prizio

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  • mrnewt

    why it doesn’t authenticate when installing!? – via terminal

  • maybe you should use sudo before executing any command

  • Treuby195

    it doesn’t run at all and i can’t install direct x.

  • are you getting any error message while installing directx runtime ?

  • Irwin~DGL!!

    Thanx working perfectly

  • ClaskoTheKnight

    Had a bit of problem registering, but I just closed it and it worked. Bit laggy, but its just my computer. Other than that works perfect, thanks man!

  • C_Smith

    or, if you have the money, you could try Crossover. I’ve never tried it myself, but I’ve heard it works pretty well, and I’m thinking about getting it.

  • Fafasd

    Sudo Apt -get

  • Manuel Orellana

    with this, you can play other games from purchased trough steam right?

  • yes, exactly.