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When I try to install Steam (on Ubuntu 13.04) from the Software Center, it asks for payment details even though it is free.

Can I install it without a credit card ?

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I remember having encountered this. I think you can just click on it and ignore it. – don.joey Apr 27 '13 at 14:20
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Yes.. Don't know why it says "buy", its a free application..

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At least, I didn't have to use a card. Logged into Ubuntu One I think, thats it.. – aXept Apr 27 '13 at 14:22
Im just sining up to ubuntu one now will see if that helps and post back – Mark Kirby Apr 27 '13 at 14:24
Thanks for that, you must sing into ubuntu one befor installing – Mark Kirby Apr 27 '13 at 14:28
Great! :) Have fun! :D – aXept Apr 27 '13 at 14:30


While the only option is to click "Buy", you only have to sign into Ubuntu One without paying anything. As you can see, Steam is flagged as a "Free" software.

Once you are logged in, the Software Center will tell you that it's "checking your payment information", but don't worry, it won't charge you for anything. Actually, I don't even have any payment information on my Ubuntu One account.

After that, you'll have to enter your admin password and you'll be good to go.

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Go to steam, download installer and doubleclick. You can now get back to software center and install without logging into Ubuntu One.

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