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Hy! I want to buy a new notebook in the near future to play games on it. I'm looking forward for the new Steam for Linux client. My question is that where does the Steam install the games, on the home partition, or in the usr folder, or somewhere else? (I'm not a Steam for Linux Beta user)

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The default install location appears to be ~/.local/share/Steam. This is where Valve games are installed by default, which can't be changed using the Steam Libraries system.

The setup of this directory mirrors how Windows Steam is laid out, with the SteamApps folder containing both the .gcf files shared across Steam accounts and the individual steam account directories.

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Thats exactly where the folder exists. not the /home/<username>/steam, it's just a shortcut to /home/<username>/.local/share/Steam . –  Pavak Paul Nov 22 '13 at 12:26
@pavak ~/ brings you to /home/<username> of the current user - so you don't need to explain to people to replace "username" with their username and without the <> ect... please don't edit things to be harder for people. –  Mateo Nov 22 '13 at 15:11
OK, actually i didn't know that. I just wanted to help :) . Anyway thanks for the intel about ~/ –  Pavak Paul Nov 22 '13 at 16:00

It install in this path:


Where ${USER} is the name of your ubuntu user.

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This is just the default path, so you can put it anywhere else if you want. –  Timo Dec 10 '12 at 12:24

In newer versions of Steam, games seem to be located at:


Don't know when this changed, but Steam is no longer in ~/.local/share

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~/Steam is only for log files Downloaded data (client updates, etc) seam to go to ~/.steam instead.

If you don't want to pollute your $HOME, you can create a folder somewhere on a partition, give it your own user accounts's ownership and access rights and create some symlinks.

I personally did before launching the Steam Client second time:

sudo mkdir /opt/SteamFiles
sudo chown myuser:mygroup /opt/SteamFiles
cd ~
ln -s /opt/SteamFiles .steam

After installing and updating the client, all game and Steam client data ended up under /opt/SteamFiles and installing games directly pointed me to my created file system.

This can easily shared between multiple Linux installations on the same PC.

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As other users have already said, Steam is installed under ~/.local/share/Steam (where the ~/ means /home/<username>). The games themselves are installed in ~/.local/share/Steam/SteamApps/common.

However, when I attempted to find this directory in Wine, for some reason Wine wouldn't show any folder names starting with a ".", so it couldn't find the .local folder in order to get to the Steam directory. I was able to resolve this by going up in the directory tree to My Computer and then drilling down into the correct drive letter for your Ubuntu file system, which for me was Z:. Note that C: is an internally used drive letter in Wine for compatibility with Windows applications and won't show your Ubuntu files. From there you have to find your /home directory and follow the folders down to your Steam directory, i.e. Z:/home/<username>/.local/share/Steam.

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Hi mate its nice that no one tells you much, basically go to your home directory and press CTRL+H and this will enable you to see the hidden files where steam installs games on Ubuntu.

As to why programmers put things in strange places who knows, but I can understand this in Linux as this area programmes have full access to this folder where other places in Linux the security can be a pain in the ass.

me personally I would have made my own folder for steam games you can do that in the options of steam.

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If you are interested as to why and what goes where: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard –  MadMike Jan 16 '14 at 13:25

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