Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

TinyGrasshopper Sep 25, 2013 @ 3:47pm
How do I make a symlink or .desktop file to launch Steam Big Picture directly on Linux?
There's a way to do this on Windows, and I have that setup, so I can just launch Big Picture directly from a button on the taskbar. I would like to make a .desktop file so I can do the same in Linux also. Has anyone tried this?
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bitcrusher Sep 25, 2013 @ 3:50pm 
Jamie F Sep 25, 2013 @ 5:58pm

it will setup steam as a actuall account login and start in big picture mode also use steam as the default file manger and destkop...

If yuo just want to launch steam in big picture mode change it in the setttings start in big picture mode....

or make a shortcut and

/steam -bigpicture
aliceif Sep 25, 2013 @ 6:08pm 
You can do that?!
The man page says that Steam on Linux doesn't even have any command line options.

EDIT: Apparently some of the Windows command line parameters work on Linux, too.

Dear ValvE, please update this site accordingly:
Dear maintainer of the man pages for Ubuntu, please do so, too.

In other words, just create something that calls "steam -bigpicture" and it should work.
And ValvE, please document your features properly.
Last edited by aliceif; Sep 25, 2013 @ 6:24pm
FluX Sep 26, 2013 @ 1:29am 
ah thanks for the command line link :)
TinyGrasshopper Sep 26, 2013 @ 8:19am 
For those who aren't sure how to launch the create a new desktop file dialog from Ubuntu, it's not actually installed anymore by default

So at the command line run this

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

Then run this

gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

replace ~/Desktop/ with the name of the folder where the desktop file will be.

In the command line add this

~/usr/bin/steam -bigpicture

Then in Nautilus you can click and drag that desktop file into the dock
Last edited by TinyGrasshopper; Sep 26, 2013 @ 8:19am
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Date Posted: Sep 25, 2013 @ 3:47pm
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