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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 16 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Steam are itch.io, Humble Bundle, Lutris and Game Jolt.

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 30, 2022
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  1. GOG.com

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    GOG.com (Good Old Games) sells classic PC games through their download service at a low price, without DRM, and updated to run on the latest versions of Windows and other systems.

    GOG.com vs Steam opinions
    Almost everyone thinks GOG.com is a great alternative to Steam.
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    cd projekt red. Good consumer practices, no drm, ethical threatment of developers

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    you own your games for real and there is better quality control.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    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.

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    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 almost 2 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    somegirlfromit

    GOG offers the exact same software you get on Steam... except bundled with mystery software that you can't opt out of.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    stardust_will

    DRM Free games, that's already a lot!

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  2. itch.io

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
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    • 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
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    bonepyramid

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

    Top positive comment  21 days ago
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    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
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    somegirlfromit

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

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. Humble Bundle

    • Mac
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    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    Buy a bundle of games, you decide the price, and support charity in the process.

    Humble Bundle vs Steam opinions
    Most users think Humble Bundle is a great alternative to Steam.

    Cheap drm-free games. also for charity.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    andrewpetz

    Humble Bundle is not a platform to play games like Steam, it is only a platform to buy them.

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    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 over 1 year ago
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    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 almost 3 years ago
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    Just a games distributor, mainly sells steam keys

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  4. 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
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    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
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  5. 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
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  6. Games library manager. Supports: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, Humble Trove, Wine and RetroArch.

    GameHub vs Steam opinions
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    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
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  7. 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.

  8. Fanatical

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Buy awesome games. Pay a fraction of the retail price!.

    Fanatical vs Steam opinions
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    lupuleasai

    from fanatical you buy games, that some of them are steam keys

    Positive comment 8 months ago
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  9. Instant Gaming

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Instant Gaming is one of the most popular online store for downloading all types of latest games and accessing their CD key easily.

  10. 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.

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