Ubuntu: Why can't I download Steam?



Question:

I recently started gaming on my Ubuntu laptop and made a Steam account. I went to the Ubuntu Software Center and tried to download the Steam application.

But the problem is, it won't let me download.

When I click install, It prompts me to type my password. I do and I click authenticate. It starts installing, and after about four seconds the progress symbol at the top of the page stops spinning and the Software Center turns gray.

When I try to exit, I get a message saying "This window is not responding" I get two options: Wait or force quit. force quit stops the install and waiting does nothing.

I tried to install super tux and it installed perfectly fine. Can someone please help me?


Solution:1

You should probably download the .deb from Steam instead of searching for it on the Software Center. There are two Steam applications, and only the .deb will give the right one to install.

http://store.steampowered.com/about/


Solution:2

When I say "run" I'm referring to running the command in Terminal which can be opened by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T

Try running sudo apt-get install steam That should work, if not try this (adapted from the Steam Github README):

  1. run sudo apt-get install gdebi-core

  2. run wget -O ~/steam.deb https://media.steampowered.com/client/installer/steam.deb.

  3. run sudo gdebi ~/steam.deb


Solution:3

Steam didn't work for me either from the Software Centre. I just used sudo apt-get install steam. This just worked.


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