Installing Steam

Steam is a digital distribution platform for games and some software, with a native Linux client available.

Enable Multilib Repo

Enable the multilib repository if you are running a 64bit machine. Steam is 32bit so you need the 32bit libs in order to run all 32bit apps and games.

sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

 Uncomment Multilib.

#[multilib]
#Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

Should now be:

[multilib]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

 Hit control x + y to save and exit.

Now to update multilib.

sudo pacman -Syy

Installing Steam from the command line

sudo pacman -S steam

Optional Steps

FOR NVIDIA USERS: Next, install Nvidia drivers.

sudo pacman -S nvidia nvidia-libgl lib32-nvidia-libgl lib32-nvidia-utils

 You may have to run rebuild your initramfs, as suggested by pacman.

sudo mkinitcpio -p linux

Reboot, enjoy. If you run into an issue and have an intel cpu, it is also recommended to install the intel-ucode package. To install:

sudo pacman -Syu intel-ucode

After this you need to make grub aware of the ucode by running

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

 After that, everything should be set up. Reboot and try it out.

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