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 ?

  • I remember having encountered this. I think you can just click on it and ignore it.
    – don.joey
    Apr 27, 2013 at 14:20
  • Definitely!
    – Elder Geek
    Apr 18, 2017 at 1:59

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Yes.. Don't know why it says "buy", its a free application..

  • At least, I didn't have to use a card. Logged into Ubuntu One I think, thats it..
    – aXept
    Apr 27, 2013 at 14:22
  • Im just sining up to ubuntu one now will see if that helps and post back
    – Mark Kirby
    Apr 27, 2013 at 14:24
  • Thanks for that, you must sing into ubuntu one befor installing
    – Mark Kirby
    Apr 27, 2013 at 14:28
  • Great! :) Have fun! :D
    – aXept
    Apr 27, 2013 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.


Go to the Steam website, download the installer, and double-click. You can now get back to software center and install without logging into Ubuntu One.

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