I use/./usr/bin/applicationname to launch programs using terminal, but steam games (and steam) don't show up in it, although I can put a steam game in my favorite applications list. Is there any way to find it?


Steam games are installed by default in directories under /home/<user>/.steam/steam/steamapps/common, where <user> is your username. For example, if you have Europa Universalis IV installed, you can start it from the terminal using /home/<user>/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/Europa\ Universalis\ IV/eu4.

The Steam binary is located by default at /usr/games/steam. It should be in your $PATH (the shell variable defining the places that the shell searches for binaries), so you can find it using which steam and you can run it by simply entering steam.

  • Thanks, that helps me launch steam, but your method for launching games gives me the error: /home/keithosterheld/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/robocraft: No such file or directory – Keith Osterheld Apr 8 '15 at 3:26
  • Does /home/keithosterheld/.steam/steam/steamapps/common exist? You could also try ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/common, using ~ as a shortcut to your home directory. If that doesn't work, you might want to take a look at this question. – Ben Apr 8 '15 at 3:40
  • Yes, it says that is a directory. If I ls it it says robocraft (the game I'm trying to launch) is in there, but when I try adding /robocraft to the end it says the file doesn't exist. – Keith Osterheld Apr 8 '15 at 5:02

Thanks, I've figured it out now. For anyone else who wants to do this, you type ls ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/<name of app you want to launch>. I saw a few files, two of which were <app name>.x86 and <app name>.x86_64

The latter one worked for me, but I think the other one would work for 32 bit applications.

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