I have a problem launching steam in ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Tried installing with the sudo command apt-get install steam it works I agree on the privacy note.

But when I try to open steam it flashes and then disappears from taskbar.

  • Which graphics are you using (you can use lshw -C display or lspci -v). The issue may be more related to steam etc not supporting more recent Linux systems
    – Wilf
    Jun 8, 2016 at 5:43

4 Answers 4


This works for me: Start Steam with


export LD_PRELOAD='/usr/$LIB/libstdc++.so.6' #Export so all child processes are affected as well

export DISPLAY=:0

#export LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose


Source: Error in installing Steam on ubuntu 15.04

  • works on 16.04 with amd drm driver.. steam is started,and updating now. confirmed!
    – siniša
    Aug 3, 2016 at 4:25

Ubuntu 16.04 does not have AMD support yet.

see link below


I have the same issue.... waiting for amd drivers to install ubuntu 16.04


however surfing on the web, i found this link about amdgpu-pro drivers


  • 1
    There is AMD support... just no stable proprietary drivers :)
    – Wilf
    Jun 8, 2016 at 5:41

Found the solution here:


just follow the guide, steam works around step 4

cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak
cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak

It worked for me... but please note that if some game required that old lib from the steam runtime, it may crash (that is why should be valve fixing this)

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