[Feature request] Add documentation for command line interface #427

JelteF opened this Issue Dec 27, 2012 · 6 comments


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JelteF commented Dec 27, 2012

I know you can run/download steam games using:

steam steam://run/'gamenumber'

Example for TF2:

steam steam://run/440

It would be nice to see this documented when using

man steam

Extra command line features would be highly appreciated as well. I think there's quite a lot of people that would love to use steam from the command line.

sajanp commented Dec 28, 2012


In addition to using it to download and run, making any documented debugging tools available to us can only help development.

+1 to this also


mdaffin commented Jan 7, 2013

Yes, the --help and -h flags should also print out a summary of the options and exit (rather then just starting steam like the currently do).

As a side note, invalid options should be reported and then the executable exits like all other Linux programs do.

@ghost ghost assigned triage-valve Jan 10, 2013


MrSchism commented Jan 18, 2013

For all it's worth, using the following locks you into offline mode:

steam --offline

This is such an obvious oversight... documenting basic options in a manpage. I shouldn't have to spend 30+ minutes googling trying to figure out how to launch steam into big picture mode from the commandline. I did find this... steam steam://store , certainly if there's a steam:// URI, it must be documented somewhere that's easy to find...


MrSchism commented Mar 7, 2013

Many of the Windows commands seem to work and game commands still work.

Game/Windows/Server commands: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Command_Line_Options

Steam browser protocol information: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Steam_browser_protocol

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