Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Running Steam on Ubuntu 16.04 (amd64)

If you try to install the Steam app to access great games on Ubuntu 16.04, you will find that it does not work out-of-the-box.

After searching the web for a few tips and tricks, I finally managed to make it run.

  • Install the i386 architecture (sudo apt-get install libc6:i386)
  • Install the default debian package from the Steam website (http://store.steampowered.com/about/)
  • Create a small script to launch Steam

LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/libstdc++.so.6' DISPLAY=:0 steam
  • Make the script executable: chmod +x Steam.sh
  • Execute your script
It's sad that we need to apply this workaround until the Steam team does provide a better package, but it does work.

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