How To Install Steam On Fedora 19, 18, 17

Hello Linux Geeksters. In this article I will show you how to install Steam on Fedora 19, Fedora 18 and Fedora 17.

If you are a Linux geek & gamer, you already know that Steam in supported on Fedora since Fedora 17.

OK, let’s start.

First, we have to download and activate the RPMfusion repository. This oneliner will add to your system’s repos both free and nonfree RPMfusion repositories:

$ sudo 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'

Next, we have to add the Steam repository:

$ sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-steam.repo

Update the local repositories:

$ sudo yum update

Install Steam:

$ sudo yum -y install steam

To be able to view the videos playing in the steam client:

$ sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-flash-plugin.repo

Update the local repository index:

$ sudo yum update

Install Flash-Plugin, for both 32 bit and 64 bit systems:

$ sudo yum -y install flash-plugin.i686

Since the Steam client and its embeded browser runs only on 32 bit systems, we have to install the 32 bit flash-plugin package. The .i686 after the package name forces the system to install the 32 bit version of the package on 64 bit systems, and on 32 bit systems does not do anything, it just installs the normal package.

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4 comments on “How To Install Steam On Fedora 19, 18, 17
  1. Mike Jones says:

    Thanks for this. It didn’t seem to install at first. The icon was on my desktop and there was an entry in the application menu, but it wouldn’t run. I had to run ‘steam’ from the command-line and accept the terms before it would run.

    Frankly I am sick of jumping through hoops to do simple things in linux. I guess it’s worth it to get rid of Windows though.

    • Ryan says:

      Stick with it, Mike. You’re on the right track! If you do stick with it, then you’ll learn to love command line and hate point & click menu systems. Start thinking about how you may write scripts to automate tasks. Also find information on .bashrc and how to automatically configure/personalize your system when you log in.

  2. Ryan D says:

    Thanks for this!

  3. James Knight says:

    Awesome, thank you! I’ve just switched to Fedora from Ubuntu and it has a definite learning curve! But your instructions were idiot-proof (hence how I could follow them)!

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