How to download Steam on your PC or Mac, and gain access to the internet's largest collection of games

Photo Oz/ShutterstockYou can download Steam in a few minutes.


In 2003, the Washington-based game studio Valve launched Steam, a digital distribution service dedicated to providing updates for their own in-house titles. Since then, Steam has become the premier platform for the PC – and, to a lesser degree, Mac – gaming community.

With a slew of first-party and third-party titles available,Steam is one of the most popular ways for gamers to experience their favourite games. Additionally, much of Steam’s success comes from the fact that the platform often offers various sales on old and new titles, allowing users to purchase their favourite games at a discounted rate.

Steam itself is free to use, and free to download. Here’s how to get Steam, and start finding your own favourite games.

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How to download and install Steam on PC and Mac

1. Open a web browser and go to https://store.steampowered.com.

2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click the green button that says “Install Steam.”

Image 1Taylor Lyles/Business InsiderYou can also log into your Steam account in your web browser as well, but if you want to play games on Steam, you’ll need to download the Steam app.

3. After you click “Install Steam,” you’ll be taken to a new page, where you can download Steam. Click “Install Steam” and a file named “SteamSetup.exe” or “steam.dmg” (depending on whether you’re using a PC or Mac, respectively) will begin downloading.

Image 2Taylor Lyles/Business InsiderIn addition to Windows, you can also download Steam for MacOS.

4. Once the file finishes downloading, click on the file and it will launch the Steam Setup app. Hit “Next,” and choose the language you want Steam to use.

5. Choose a location you want Steam’s files to be located.

Image 3Taylor Lyles/Business InsiderMake sure to read each step carefully and make sure you have space on your hard drive to save the application.

6. Once the application has been installed on your computer, click “Finish.”

After the initial setup has been completed, you’re ready to use Steam. It should launch automatically once you exit setup, but if it doesn’t, just search “Steam” on your computer and open the first result.

You can now purchase games to play on your computer, gift games to friends, and join new groups and get involved with the Steam community.

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