Been trying over and over, but nothing happens. Tried reinstalling Steam along with Ubuntu but that didn't do anything either. Tried other forums with helpful tips but no good. I'm running out of ideas and I don't know what else I can do. Can someone please help me before I start pulling my hair out? I'm going mad.

  • Where are you installing Steam from? Repositories or downloading it? And did it ever launch (e.g.: when you were on an earlier version)?
    – user364819
    Oct 26, 2015 at 18:45
  • I think they fixed it, beacuse just recntly, sudo apt-get install steam-launcher started working on all 3 of my computers May 5, 2016 at 23:15
  • I also had this problem, I was surprised to see this it because i had no problems on my laptop with exactly the same OS files (installed Ubuntu from the same USB stick). @Daniel's solution below worked for me though
    – sunyata
    Jan 18, 2018 at 19:48

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Based on this question, execute the following commands:

mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1{,.disable}
mv ~/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6{,.disable}

The idea is that Steam uses it's own dynamic libraries but Ubuntu comes with some new ones, or something like that, any way it works!

NOTE: If you're just installing Steam for the first time, you will need to run the commands a second time after the initial update. This will take a lonnnnnnng time!


If you use 16.10, the guys from Ubuntu provided a modified installer that takes care of this issues. I would recommend to install Steam from the Ubuntu repositories

  • I had to modify these commands as the files are in ~/.steam, not ~/.local/share/Steam.
    – psusi
    Jan 9, 2016 at 19:36
  • Solved for me on Linux Mint 17.3 Jun 19, 2016 at 22:49
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    This barrier must be solved in the installation process. This make many user give up using Linux.
    – Casper
    Aug 19, 2016 at 15:07
  • Great that i do not sleep so i can enjoy the magic of non-Windows
    – Ed_
    Sep 10, 2016 at 23:53
  • This worked in Ubuntu 17.04 too
    – Chris
    May 10, 2017 at 19:49

Based on Daniel's answer (i don't have the rep to comment!), on a vanilla ubuntu-gnome 15.10 where i've done an 'apt-get install steam' I had to run these modified commands:

mv ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6{,.disable}
mv ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1{,.disable}

So just changing out the .local/share which wasn't present on my system

  • You may want to just propose an edit if you believe it has changed. Mar 17, 2016 at 21:07

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