AlternativeTo Logo

Open Source Steam Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Steam is itch.io. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Steam and 15 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Steam are Lutris, Playnite, Game Jolt and GameHub.

Steam alternatives are mainly Game Stores but may also be Game Library Managers or App Stores. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Steam.
This page was last updated Jun 11, 2022
Steam
  2106
  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Online
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Tablet
  • Windows Phone
  • iPad
  • SteamOS

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve...

Learn more about Steam

  1. itch.io

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    itch.io gives you the ability to design a page where people can download games you have uploaded. You can optionally put a minimum price on your game (which can be 0), giving people the opportunity to pay you what they think you deserve. All files and images are hosted on itch.

    itch.io vs Steam opinions
    Almost everyone thinks itch.io is a great alternative to Steam.

    Quite possibly the best place available to lose an afternoon digging through both free and paid indie games ever since Desura kicked the bucket.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    11
    bonepyramid

    Live life, breathe air. I know somehow we're gonna get there, and it'll be so wonderful.

    Top positive comment  16 days ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0
    thebenmix11

    In my experience, it's one of the few that are both user-friendly and developer-friendly at the same time.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0
    somegirlfromit

    A bunch of unvetted shovelware titles, many of which have only minutes of gameplay if that

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    -8

    Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    4
  2. Lutris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online

    Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.

    Lutris vs Steam opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Lutris is a great alternative to Steam.
    UltraProgrammer

    Lutris isn't exactly a store, the way Steam is, but it's great for managing large game libraries, and even supports seamless emulation.

    Positive comment 5 months ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0
    ab1

    Many Installers are broken and users are welcomed to guess which and how... Mix of minefield and junkyard in practice. Just save your time.

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0


  3. Video game library manager and launcher with support for 3rd party libraries like Steam, GOG, Origin and Uplay, providing one unified interface for your games.

    Most users think Playnite is a great alternative to Steam.
  4. Game Jolt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Game Jolt, where all the best free Indie Games are at! Browse through thousands of free Indie Games ready for you to play. This is Indie.

    Game Jolt vs Steam opinions
    Most users think Game Jolt is a great alternative to Steam.
    sparkydev

    Most of indie titles are born here before going to steam

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    -2
  5. Games library manager. Supports: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, Humble Trove, Wine and RetroArch.

    GameHub vs Steam opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    UltraProgrammer

    It's simple and easy. If you want more control, something like Lutris might be better. However, for a painless and easy experience, GameHub is great.

    Positive comment 5 months ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.

    0


  6. Pegasus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi

    Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.

  7. Legendary

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Legendary is an open-source game launcher that can download and install games from the Epic Games platform on Linux and Windows. It's name as a tongue-in-cheek play on tiers of item rarity in many MMORPGs.

    No screenshots yet
  8. RetroAchievements.org

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Online

    Were you the greatest in your day at Mega Drive or SNES games? Wanna prove it? Use our modified emulators and you will be awarded achievements as you play! Your progress will be tracked so you can compete with your friends to complete all your favourite classics to 100%.

  9. Arcadia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Arcadia is a game launcher and manager designed as a libre replacement for Steam. Arcadia uses flatpak as its packaging system and pulls all data from flathub currently.

  10. Heroic Games Launcher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GitHub

    Heroic is an Open Source Game Launcher for Linux, Windows (Beta) and MacOS (Limited to Windows games using Wine/Crossover). Right now it supports launching games from the Epic Games Store using Legendary, a CLI alternative to launch epic games.

Showing 10 of 15 alternatives