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How to play Bayonetta on Linux

Bayonetta is a hack and slash video game series developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega. Here’s how you can get Bayonetta working on your Linux PC.

Getting Bayonetta working on Linux

Bayonetta is a game meant for Microsoft Windows. However, it can work reasonably well on Linux with the help of Steam. That said, Steam does not come pre-installed on any Linux operating system. So if you want to use it, you’ll have to install it by hand.

Install Steam

To get Steam working on your Linux computer, you’ll need a terminal window. You can open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Alternatively, launch the app by searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open, installation can begin. Follow the installation instructions below that correspond with the Linux operating system you use.


To get Steam working on your Ubuntu system, use the apt install command below.

sudo apt install steam


If you’re using Debian, you’ll have to download Steam to your computer from the official Steam website. To do that, make use of the following wget download command.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

The installation can begin after downloading the latest Steam DEB package to your Debian computer. Using the dpkg command, set up Steam.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam DEB package set up, you’ll have to correct any dependency errors during the installation process. To do that, make use of the apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Steam app is only installable if the “multilib” software repository is enabled. To enable this repository, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in your favorite text editor (as root).

Once the text file is open as root, locate the “multilib” software repository and remove the # symbol. Then, remove the # symbol from the lines directly below it. After editing, save the edits and run the following pacman command down below.

sudo pacman -Syy

Finally, install the latest release of Steam on your Arch Linux system by running the pacman -S command.

sudo pacman -S steam


If you’re on Fedora Linux or OpenSUSE, you’ll be able to get the latest version of Steam working out of the box using the software tools included with your operating system. However, the Flatpak version of Steam runs much better, so we suggest following those instructions instead.


Steam is easily installable via Flatpak. Follow our in-depth guide to set up the latest Flatpak runtime to get started. After setting up the runtime on your computer, enter the two commands below to get Steam working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Bayonetta on Linux

With Steam installed, launch it on your computer. Then, log in and follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Bayonetta working on your Linux PC.

Step 1: Find the “Steam” menu and click on it with the mouse. Then, select the “Settings” button to access the Steam settings area. Then, from there, click on the “Steam Play” button to access the Steam Play area.

Inside the Steam Play area, check both the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” box. Select the “OK” button to save your settings.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button and click on it to access the Steam store. Once on the Steam store, find the search box and select it with the mouse. Then, type in “Bayonetta” and press the Enter key.

Step 3: Look through the search results for “Bayonetta.” Once you’ve found it, click on it to access the game’s store page with the mouse. After that, find the “add to cart” button and click it to add the game to your cart.

Step 4: After purchasing Bayonetta, find the “Library” button and click on it with the mouse. Then, search for “Bayonetta” in your library. Once you’ve found the game, right-click on it with the mouse and select “Properties.”

Inside the “Properties” window, find the “Compatibility” section. Then, check the box “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool.” Select the Proton version 6.3.8.

Step 5: In your Steam library on the Bayonetta page, click on the blue “INSTALL” button to install the game to your computer. The installation shouldn’t take more than a few minutes as it is a small game.

Step 6: When Bayonetta is done installing to your Linux PC, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select this green play button to start up the game on your Linux computer. Enjoy, and happy gaming!

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