Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

MOHDMACH Jul 14, 2017 @ 2:57pm
Steam via Wine
I have recently installed the latest version of Wine after trying the old version available from Software Manager and both versions refuse to start Steam after installing Steam.

I'm trying to do this without any command line since I'm relatively new to Linux.

I'm using Linux Mint 18.2 and any help would be appreciated.
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you can try playonlinux or lutris
MOHDMACH Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:01pm 
Originally posted by LINUX facePlanted:
you can try playonlinux or lutris

Currently tyring PlayOnLinux. It's reporting that Steam crashed in the log. Would Lutris download my Windows game on Linux?
Zockolade Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:03pm 
You need to start Steam with:

wine Steam.exe -no-cef-sandbox
Last edited by Zockolade; Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:05pm
MOHDMACH Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:08pm 
Originally posted by Zockolade:
You need to use:

wine Steam.exe -no-cef-sandbox
wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\Steam.exe

This leads to too much confusion because how do you even get the "command line" to see that the Steam.exe is in another folder?
Last edited by MOHDMACH; Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:13pm
Zockolade Jul 14, 2017 @ 3:41pm 
Originally posted by MOHDMACH:
wine: cannot find L"C:\\windows\\system32\\Steam.exe

This leads to too much confusion because how do you even get the "command line" to see that the Steam.exe is in another folder?

I hope you already have installed a 32 bit Windows version of Steam with Wine on your Linux.

After that you need to find your Steam.exe

The default prefix for Wine is $HOME/.wine so normally you can use:


and then you start Steam with

wine Steam.exe -no-cef-sandbox
Last edited by Zockolade; Jul 14, 2017 @ 4:51pm
Zockolade Jul 14, 2017 @ 4:42pm 
But there is a deeper problem with Steam on Wine right now.

Steam fails to start [After update Thu, 06 Jul 2017]

https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43315

So you will need to patch Wine 2.12 against Staging to bring Steam back to work.

I patched and build Wine 2.12 Staging so I can tell you this really works.

If building your own Wine is not an option take a look if PoL has Wine 2.12 Staging in its repo.
Last edited by Zockolade; Jul 14, 2017 @ 5:31pm
Rivia Jul 15, 2017 @ 3:06am 
MOHDMACH it is not your (and our) lucky day. Running steam in wine is completely broken after latest steam update. Wait few days and try PoL again and choose Wine 2.12 for steam.
But PoL dosn't have yet Wine 2.12 Staging in its repo.
MOHDMACH Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:36pm 
I'm running the native Linux version right now. I tried building a program once. This was way back when had a lot of time on my hands and wanted to run Fedora. The old version of it. Very challenging stuff. Now, I just go with pre-built packages and stick to the ol' stable releases, because even those are a mixed bag depending on what software you go with. I've found that Wine is already a mixed bag. I'll see whether any of my games work on Linux and at least I could still redeem keys with the Linux (native) version.

Would installing a Linux version and a Windows (Wine) version conflict with each other?

My hypothesis would be a no but I'm only basing that off of the location of their directories, so I could be wrong.
Last edited by MOHDMACH; Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:37pm
Marlock Jul 17, 2017 @ 4:04am 
No conflicts whatsoever (AFAIK), unless you try to point both to the same game library folder. Don't do that and you'll be fine.

Also, fragmenting your game library sucks, but playing every game available to linux on the native linux Steam is the most important way for us to improve statistics that will stimulate game devs to port more games or develop them for linux too.

I haven't used Lutris yet (installed it just a week ago but was too busy), but I read that it can list both Steam and Steam-wine games for you (+ whatever GOG, Humble Bundle, emulators and native games you have) on a single catalog, easing up installation for wine games like PlayOnLinux does.
MOHDMACH Jul 18, 2017 @ 2:44pm 
Sounds good.

I have nothing against fragmenting my games. My Steam library is very small, so I know what games I have on Steam. It's good to see developers paying attention to Linux gamers but it seems there should be a lot more games for Linux. Especially, for Mint and Ubuntu.

I have heard of Lutris as well, but I have no idea of its downloading capabilities.
Schotty Jul 18, 2017 @ 6:19pm 
Lutris is pretty sweet. You go over to their site, install lutris, and choose the game from their database. There are tons of install scripts for wine and tough to install (due to age) older linux titles too.

Their goal is to create a all-in-one place for all games on your system, not just wine or steam, but all titles. Works really well. Have battle.net working perfectly in there, and it was a single click away.
MOHDMACH Jul 18, 2017 @ 8:27pm 
This is the most helpful Steam forum ever. You guys are great. I'll try out Lutris.
Schotty Jul 19, 2017 @ 1:26pm 
Originally posted by MOHDMACH:
This is the most helpful Steam forum ever. You guys are great. I'll try out Lutris.

Gimme a shout if you need help. I used to package it for EL7 until the deps included Python3 above that in the base. Pretty sweet tool. I use it along with Crossover to make gaming work rather well for me.
MOHDMACH Jul 20, 2017 @ 7:38pm 
I tried out Lutris and I'm thoroughly confused. I have no idea how to access my Windows games. I tried looking through the website for Street Racing Syndicate or Sniper Elite and was unable to find any of those. Those are relatively small games I wanted to test out. Neither was I able to configure the program itself to somehow login to my Steam account.

From what I read on Lutris.net about using the application, I was under the impression that it would let me manage my entire Steam library without Steam itself but I have no idea how to go about setting this up.
Last edited by MOHDMACH; Jul 20, 2017 @ 7:41pm
jedavis Jul 27, 2017 @ 9:41pm 
Consider Crossover Games from Codeweavers. STEAM is supported, after the fee, you can still keep the software, but you wont be able to download new versions of Crossover after the subscription. They offer a demo, so try it, if you like it, then get it, if not you only lost some time. Just know that money spent on this helps develop WINE to be better. You can have both also.
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