Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

dotfloat Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:09am
Downloading non-Linux apps using the native Steam for Linux.
I found that it's possible to trick Steam into downloading by manually creating appmanifest files.

When Steam starts up, it loads appmanifest files from ~/.steam/steam/SteamApps, which contain app meta-data. If the variable StateFlags is set to 1026, Steam starts updating (downloading) it regardless of platform. It is possible to create a custom appmanifest file with only the variables AppID, Universe and StateFlags, and let Steam handle the rest.

I explain this in more detail on github. I also wrote a python script which does most of the work for you.[]

Note: I should point out that this doesn't let you actually play non-Linux games on Linux.

The use case for this is if you have a DRM-free game or you only need the data-files to play (like Doom or Quake).
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Dusk of Oolacile Jan 10, 2014 @ 3:11pm 
If you need apps, go windows 8 or android. Linux has programs.
dotfloat Jan 11, 2014 @ 3:20am 
lol. If you're gonna comment on a post, read it first.
BloodyDeed Jan 11, 2014 @ 3:52pm 
Pretty good find actually, thanks.
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Date Posted: Jan 10, 2014 @ 9:09am
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