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Gentoo overlay for Valve's Steam client and Steam-based games.

Valve only provides a 32-bit version of the client, uses an own update mechanism for the client and games that is not under control of package managers and ships a customized runtime with precompiled libraries. This overlay provides an ebuild for the steam installer and meta ebuilds as well as patched (multilib) ebuilds from main tree that enable the execution of the client and games with (almost only) system libraries on x86_64 and x86 systems.

Please note: Valve only supports Steam with an enabled steam runtime. If you have problems, enable the runtime with the use flag or start steam with STEAM_RUNTIME=1 steam before reporting a bug at the official bug tracker.


  • Include this overlay with Layman and the following command: layman -a steam-overlay or copy steam-overlay.conf from this repository into /etc/portage/repos.conf/ to use the new portage sync capabilities
  • Choose if you want to use the official Steam runtime along with its bundled libraries or system libraries by en-/disabling the steamruntime use flag. Disabling the official runtime is only recommended for advanced Gentoo users
  • Emerge the steam-meta package
  • Start the client by executing steam

Notes for AMD64

As the client and most games use 32-bit executables, the ebuilds require that you enable the abi_x86_32 use flag for some packages, see this news item for more information.

Troubleshooting Steam

If you have problems, please take a look at, Gentoo Forums thread, Arch Wiki and the official bug tracker.

The correspondig bugzilla entry is bug #442176. The official steam repo is here.


steam-overlay is provided under the GNU General Public License v2. See LICENSE.


Gentoo overlay for Valve's Steam client and Steam-based games




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