How to install Steam on a Chromebook in 2021

Today we are looking at how to install Steam on a Chromebook.  Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below. 

This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Sadly not all Steam games work in Linux, here is a list of games that should work if you have enough space and computer power to run them.  Also if any of these games are interesting for you, then you can play them via GeForce Now, a cloud gaming platform by Nvidia, with either a free or paid account.  The games just have to be in your Steam, Epic Games, etc, libraries.

If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

Please take note that with the release of Chrome OS 90,  the location of Linux Apps has been changed in the Chromebook’s settings.  Have a look at this tutorial, to see how to turn on Linux apps and then continue with the installation tutorial.

Commands Used:
1) sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
2) sudo apt update
3) sudo apt install libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libc6:i386 libc6-i386
4) wget
5) sudo dpkg -i steam.deb
6) sudo apt -f install
7) steam --disable-framerate-limit

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  1. every linux installation seem to work ok steam loaded and updated, game indicated that it was playing but it does not show on the monitor, and no sound

  2. so, i ran every single code, and steam was installed. however, when i try to run steam, i get this notification: You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run:

    not to mention, in the terminal something new is there in reply to my attempt in trying to open up steam:
    Package libgl1:i386 needs to be installed
    Package steam-libs-amd64:amd64 needs to be installed
    Package steam-libs-i386:i386 needs to be installed

    ..what is going on?


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