Steam Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Steam for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is GOG.com, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Steam and 17 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Steam are Humble Bundle (Paid), itch.io (Free, Open Source), Lutris (Free, Open Source) and Game Jolt (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 17, 2021

    Platforms

    × Clear
    • Online
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Mac
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • PHP
    • Flatpak
    • Raspberry Pi
    • itch.io
    • GitHub
    • HTC Vive
    • AppImageHub
    • JavaScript
    • Facebook
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone

    Features

    • DRM Free
    • Game launcher
    • Games library
    • Achievements
    • Free to play
    • Launcher
    • Import from Steam
    • Full controller support
    • Online Gaming
    • Distribution
    • Chat
    • Auto update
    • Community based
    • API Integration
    • Charity
    • Front End Emulation
    • Multi System Emulator
    • Proton support for linux
    • Integrated Chat
    • Portable

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • GOG.com is a DRM-free game store, selling both new and old titles. No client/launcher needed to play the games. View 49 alternatives to GOG.com
      Almost everyone thinks GOG.com is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      GOG.com vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      you own your games for real and there is better quality control.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      13
      stardust_will DRM Free games, that's already a lot!
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      7
      somegirlfromit GOG offers the exact same software you get on Steam... except bundled with mystery software that you can't opt out of.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -10
      s20 The curated content means that there's significantly less absolute crap than you'll find on Steam. DRM free means no DRM treating you like a pirate when you're just trying to play the game you bought. I love GoG Galaxy 2.0 as a launcher, since it can also add in games from other services, although I am sad that there's no native Linux client yet. Overall, just great stuff.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      0
      cd projekt red. Good consumer practices, no drm, ethical threatment of developers
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      GOG is a store where you actually buy game, while Steam is a store where you rent game, most people sadly don't know that and think they own their Steam game. GOG cares about game, Steam cares about copyright and money.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      2
      knoeien_met_strooi Having the standard of only selling DRM free products is great. Also I believe many older games have been made compatible with modern OS's because the efforts and funds of gog, which is an effort I very much appreciate.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • Buy a bundle of games, you decide the price, and support charity in the process. Each game is normally DRM-free and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux! View 23 alternatives to Humble Bundle
      Most users think Humble Bundle is a great alternative to Steam.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Humble Bundle vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Cheap drm-free games. also for charity.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      0
      imh1kiko Not only is there sales for games, but also books and software. And if you keep an eye out, you can get a lot of games for dirt-cheap. Usually upon buying games, you get key for them. There are exceptions, where you have to download, or can download additional content. You can also freely choose how much of the money goes to the charity, devs etc.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      0
      andrewpetz Humble Bundle is not a platform to play games like Steam, it is only a platform to buy them.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      14
      tvgoing1 humble bundle requires steam and other stores websites, i do not think its an alternative to steam or other platforms that sell games/software.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      0
      somegirlfromit Be careful when purchasing - vendors can choose to either sell DRM-free copies (most common), Steam keys (also common), or keys for other less common platforms (uPlay, Origin, Battle.net, and proprietary vendor launchers among them).
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      2
      Just a games distributor, mainly sells steam keys
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      1


    • An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website. View 36 alternatives to itch.io
      Almost everyone thinks itch.io is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      itch.io vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Quite possibly the best place available to lose an afternoon digging through both free and paid indie games ever since Desura kicked the bucket.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      10
      Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      4
      thebenmix11 In my experience, it's one of the few that are both user-friendly and developer-friendly at the same time.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
      somegirlfromit A bunch of unvetted shovelware titles, many of which have only minutes of gameplay if that
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      -6
    • 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. View 35 alternatives to Lutris
      Almost everyone thinks Lutris is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Online
      Lutris vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 6 months ago

      0
    • 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. View 18 alternatives to Game Jolt
      Most users think Game Jolt is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      Game Jolt vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      sparkydev Most of indie titles are born here before going to steam
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      -1


    • Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips and ready to play. View 45 alternatives to Desura
      Most users think Desura is a great alternative to Steam.

      Discontinued

      Desura was shut down a couple years ago.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Desura vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      bostonmarketinggroup Shut down so sad, it was nice
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
      SiNevesh It's on a much smaller scale than Steam, however Desura still distributes digital copies of games and has the main features of Steam.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      1
    • A cross platform, customizable graphical frontend for launching emulators and managing your game collection. View 16 alternatives to Pegasus
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Raspberry Pi
    • Instant Gaming is one of the most popular online store for downloading all types of latest games and accessing their CD key easily. View 35 alternatives to Instant Gaming
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
    • Buy awesome games. Pay a fraction of the retail price! View 21 alternatives to Fanatical
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
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