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How to Download Older Versions of a Steam Game
By Aevoa and 1 collaborators
This guide allows you to access and download older versions of a Steam game. This guide is also in russian.

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Introduction
This guide allows you to access and download older versions of a Steam game. This is made possible because SteamDB keeps track of updates to all games, so as long as the version you want was available after the game has been publicly released, this should work.

Credit for this guide goes to Reddit user /u/GMMan_BZFlag
Step 1
Go to SteamDB[steamdb.info] and search for the game you want.

Step 2
Click on the app ID of the game you're looking for. This will take you to it's details page.

Step 3
On the left of the screen you'll see a menu. Navigate to "Depots", and then click on the depot ID of the one you'd like to download.



Clicking your chosen depot ID will take you to a new page.
Step 4
Now click on the "Manifests" tab.



Look at the list and find the version that you want to download. Record it's manifest ID.

Step 5
Open the Steam console by copy pasting this code into your browser's URL:
steam://nav/console



Press enter. A launch application should pop up. Select the Steam client and open the link.



This will open the Steam console in your Steam client.
Step 6
The syntax to the "download_depot" command is as follows:
download_depot <appid> <depotid> [<target manifestid>] [<delta manifestid>] [<depot flags filter>] : download a single depot

You only need to worry about the first three arguments to it. Type the command, then the app ID, depot ID, and the manifest ID of the depot version you want.

Step 7
Wait for Steam to download the depot. You won't see any indication of progress, but you can tell it's downloading by looking at the network usage on your downloads page. The download can pause/resume if your connection goes out, but won't if you restart the client.

Step 8
After the download is done, Steam will show you where the files were downloaded to.

Step 9
Go to the original game's installation directory, and move the files somewhere else. Then go to where the depot files were downloaded to, and move everything over to the game folder.
Step 10
You may have to rename the game's EXE file if the dev changed the launch options recently. You can find the current EXE name by going to the game's SteamDB page and clicking on the Configuration tab.
Finished!
You should now be able to launch the old version through Steam!
Note: Game updates will make a mess of things, so if you want to stay on the same version, you should make a copy of the files so you don't have to download them again after Steam's done trying to update.
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175 Comments
fastest_cobra878 May 10 @ 6:11pm 
uhh why the frick did you have to include furry art
chris6 Apr 16 @ 10:22am 
I get CAPIJobRequestUserStats - Server response failed 2 when i try to download an older version of a game i have
1x1x1x1 Apr 2 @ 10:15am 
what the sigma gyatt is the banner bro:GDEasy:
Deatheye Mar 27 @ 2:06pm 
im getting Depot download failed : missing license for depots 13873785 even tough I have the game that is No Mans Sky. im trying to get an older version before the starbase update. any iedas?
Sick Boi Mar 26 @ 9:09pm 
i'm get acess deny error
DrPepperMan Mar 21 @ 4:08pm 
oh my gyatts
DrPepperMan Mar 21 @ 4:08pm 
can we get the full banner image please and thank you
<SLKRS>AngryCh1wawa Feb 24 @ 6:33pm 
bro what is with the banner
Internet user Feb 21 @ 11:51am 
You can use a symlink if your primary drive is full. Seems to work for me on W11.
BaKen Feb 15 @ 9:56am 
how do i change the download depot locaiton my c drive is full....