I've just installed Steam, and I've noticed that Steam has created a lot of files and directories in my home directory: such as:

  • linux32
  • result
  • steamdeps.txt
  • steam_install_agreement.txt
  • steam_latest.deb
  • steam.sh
  • ubuntu12_32

Can I safely remove these files from my home directory? If not, what would you advice to clean up my home directory?

Is there any way to stop Steam from polluting my home directory in the future?

2 Answers 2


After the Steam beta went public the Steam directory was changed from $HOME to $HOME/.local/share/Steam. You might want to try uninstalling your current Steam installation and re-installing from the USC.

  • Shouldn't this be a comment instead of an answer?
    – jobukkit
    May 4, 2013 at 16:54
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    I'll try this. If this works, it's good as an answer. May 4, 2013 at 19:37
  • I just removed the Steam version that I downloaded from Valve's website, and installed Steam from the Ubuntu repositories by typing sudo apt-get install steam. No files showed up in my home directory. Thanks! May 4, 2013 at 19:47

if you create a .hidden file with each of those names in it (1 line each) they will not be displayed in nautilus (ubuntu's default file manager) unless you set it to show hidden files, i am sure you can delete the install ones but i am not sure about the rest
** does not work in thunar bug 110521

  • What would be the best way to do that in my case? Shoud I just write: touch linux32.hidden, for example? May 4, 2013 at 9:15
  • echo -e "linux32\nresult\nsteamdeps.txt\nsteam.sh\nubuntu12_32" > ~/.hidden May 4, 2013 at 12:39
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    Hey, thanks. That's a nice solution, and I'm using it right now. But as this solution hides the pollution instead of really removing it (for instance, ls still shows the files), I will not set this as the final answer for a while. I hope you can understand this. May 4, 2013 at 13:23
  • I do, it is just a workaround, there is more than that in ~/ run ls -a ~/ and you will see all the hidden files/folders, you can try moving the files and see if steam breaks/recreates them May 4, 2013 at 14:42
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    It is important to note that the .hidden file currently is only read by Nautilus. All other file managers, not only Thunar, don't work with it. May 4, 2013 at 16:38

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