How to install SteamCMD on Ubuntu

Steam is one of the most important game and application stores in the world. In addition to being a gaming reference on all platforms. Through it, you can buy, download, update and start the games or applications that you have purchased.

SteamCMD was born to deploy servers for certain games. It is a CLI tool that works like the graphical client but from the terminal.

According to the Steam developers Wiki, “its primary use is to install and update various dedicated servers available on Steam using a command-line interface”. So many sysadmin or gaming enthusiasts use it as their main tool to create dedicated servers for their favorite games.

One thing to note is that it works with games that use the SteamPipe content system. Therefore, not in all games you will be able to create dedicated servers.

So, this post is about how to install SteamCMD in Ubuntu , and we will do it getting the latest stable version.

Preparing the system for SteamCMD installation

Before making any changes to the system, it is advisable to update it completely.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

With this, our system will have all the security patches installed, and we will be able to continue with total security.

The next step is to install some necessary packages for SteamCMD.

sudo apt install wget screen lib32gcc1

Now it’s time to install SteamCMD by choosing one of these two methods.

Method 1: Install SteamCMD using the official repositories of Ubuntu

This method is the most recommended because we don’t have to do much, and it will be perfectly integrated into the system.

First, enable the multiverse repository by running

sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

then enable the support for the i386 architecture

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Refresh APT

sudo apt update

And finally install SteamCMD

sudo apt install lib32gcc-s1 steamcmd

Finally, create a symbolic link

sudo ln -s /usr/games/steamcmd /home/steam/steamcmd

and to run it

cd ~

Method 2: Install SteamCMD on Ubuntu manually

This method provides us with the latest stable version as well as being very flexible. First, it installs a package needed for the process.

sudo apt install lib32gcc1

Then, it is a good practice to have a dedicated user running SteamCMD who is not root.

adduser steam

Assign a strong password and complete the process.

Then, change the login to the user we just created.

su - steam

Create the folder required for downloading and installing SteamCMD.

mkdir -p /home/steam/steamcmd

Now access it

cd /home/steam/steamcmd

Now from there, download SteamCMD using wget

Download SteamCMD on Ubuntu 20.04
Download SteamCMD on Ubuntu 20.04

Then, decompress the file

tar -xvzf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz

Access the newly created folder

cd /home/steam/steamcmd

And finally run SteamCMD


When you run it, it will start downloading and updating the whole application.

Finally, you will see how the prompt changes

> steam
Steam on Ubuntu 20.04
Steam on Ubuntu 20.04

To finish, you can exit by pressing the keys CTRL + C and to restart it.


We are done.


SteamCMD is yet another effort to push Linux gaming forward and grow over time. So in this post, you learned how to install SteamCMD using two different methods to do so.

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3 thoughts on “How to install SteamCMD on Ubuntu”

  1. Thanks for this post, on Ubuntu 22.04 the first method didn’t work but the second method worked and I have the console now 🙂

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