I upgraded to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Steam and video games disappeared

It has arrived Ubuntu LTS 20.04, the promising new version of the Canonical distribution. This new release has received quite a few good reviews from those who have tried all its novelties. We already announced this launch on this blog, and the truth is that the features promised.

Surely, if you are Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or Ubuntu 19.10 users, it is likely that you have considered updating your distro to the new version. You already know that there are several methods to update, both with commands, as well as in graphical mode from the Ubuntu update system. Be that as it may, if you have done it and you had installed the Valve's Steam client and some video games, it is likely that after the update you have had an unpleasant surprise ...

Once the update has been installed and the system restarts, you have probably begun to investigate the news that Ubuntu 20.04 brings, and it is likely that if you have taken a "walk" through the application launcher or through the menus, you have seen what Steam and video game icons have disappeared that depended on this client. Do not worry! It has a very easy solution and you will not lose anything.

All you have to do is follow these steps so that everything returns to normal:

  1. Open the Ubuntu Software app.
  2. Use the search engine to locate the Steam client.
  3. Click on it and then click the Install button.
  4. Wait for the installation process to finish.
  5. Now you can see that you already have it available. If you had it anchored in the dock you will see that it has been there again and that you do not even have to re-enter the login data ...

You can check that your Steam session is intact, your game library is the same, and the video games that had disappeared now reappear and you can open them (they keep all the saved games, etc).


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  1.   leomm20 said

    I don't understand ... The upgrade removes the Steam application directly ???
    Or just remove the launchers ??

    When I started reading the note, I expected some kind of recovery related to the configuration file that saves 'menulibre' and not having to reinstall Steam

    1.    Isaac said

      Hello,
      Yes, when updating the launchers disappear. And reinstalling is the simplest, quickest and easiest way to get everything back to normal and rediscovering the game library, etc., for most users. Why use menulibre? Install a menu editor just for that? I think that this solution is the one that most users will understand the best… It is about finding solutions that are simpler and easier to implement, the better.
      A greeting!

  2.   poronga said

    The truth is that pretending to play with Linux is not coherent, although there are games and some graphical solutions for Linux, NVidia is releasing some of its code dropwise, something will always be missing. If the idea is to play, just use Windows, which is a 100% multimedia system. Linux is for another type of use, pretending to play in lunux, causes the system to present crashes and instability. If you play, use Windows. Even, thanks to the fact that Linux is allowed to share with another system, you can have Linux and Windows on the same pc, and start it according to your concern, and for me it is the best solution, having to install applications or emulators (play on linux, wine , etc) that allow you to run and install native applications and games for Windows. At the moment it is what it is.

    1.    Isaac said

      Hello,
      The truth is that I play little, since I have practically no free time. But I am clear that I do not want to install Windows at all. And less a multiboot for that. The Linux gaming world has changed a lot, it has nothing to do with what happened a few years ago. There are more and more titles and better ones for Linux, as well as solutions like Steam's Proton that make other non-native video games work like a charm without using anything from Microsoft.
      Using Steam does not make the system more unstable than other software could. Playing is not something that implies greater instability than other activity. This will depend on other factors inherent to the type of software used.
      There is not only the option of Wine, Play On Linux, etc, that you comment. You should take a tour of Steam, GOG, Humble, etc., and see how many native video games exist for Linux.
      Windows is not more "multimedia" than Linux or other systems ... that I know, in Linux you can see images, play sound, watch videos, animations, etc. I don't see any reason to use Windows for that.
      And finally, the GPU drivers ... I have no complaints. I use AMDGPU and I'm doing great, and some bad ones, if you want you can use NVIDIA or AMD owners.
      It seems that you are describing GNU / Linux a decade or two ago ...
      A greeting!

      1.    poronga said

        Yes Isaac the gamers world has changed, but in Linux things have not changed at the same rate yet. And there is no harm in having a multiboot, I have it and no drama. Unfortunately today, for me, the best thing is a multiboot, I say it and suggest it from my experience, but hey, everyone does their own.

      2.    jony127 said

        How is it not consistent? What is not coherent is your comment.

        I also have windows installed for the games but I also play on linux without problems both on steam and with native games for linux.

        Have you tried for example WarThunder? I play it on linux without problems.

        It is only that the developers also release a version for Linux like the ones from warthunder do and that's it, to enjoy the games on Linux.

        The problem is not with linux itself, but rather that the developers have less market share in the background, luckily not all of them and we hope they are less and less.

        Linux can be used for anything and also for gaming.

    2.    leomm20 said

      Hi!
      Except for Granny, who uses Unity and does not load me well (she does not show granny's dress and is already hanging on the menu), the rest is perfect !!
      sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
      is the solution to driver problems !!!
      I have an Asus K52J notebook, which comes with NVidia GForce 310m board.
      Old machine, but with Xubuntu it is great !!!

  3.   Danilo Quispe Lucana said

    But if I reinstall Steam from the store and previously installed Steam from the repository, won't the Snap version install now? Would it work the same if I reinstall with APT?