How to download Windows games from Steam onto a Linux computer?

I recently switched to an Ubuntu computer and the one thing that annoys me is the lack of games available. However I have found a program called WINE which can run Windows applications (.exe) on Linux computers. I have nearly all of my games on Steam but it won’t let me download the files if I’m not on a supported OS, even if I could use them through WINE.

Now my question is; would it be possible to download the games in my Steam library any other way? I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t have steam overlay support and other steam functions, as long as I could play the games.


Did you install Steam for Linux? If so you will only be able to play the games that are supported on Linux.

You can play the Windows games by installing Steam through Wine. See here for more information

The terminal command you are looking for is:

sudo apt-get install wine
winetricks steam

Note that it still may not be possible to play all games on Linux. The above should work for some games, even though there may be a performance hit.

An alternative could be PlayOnLinux. You install Steam on it and then can play your games as per normal.

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