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How to play Death Stranding on Linux

Death Stranding is an action game developed by Kojima Productions. The game takes place in the USA, following a world-ending event that released dangerous creatures on the earth. The player plays as Sam Porter Bridges; a courier tasked with delivering supplies to colonies. In this guide, we’ll show you how to get the game working on Linux.

Death Stranding on Linux

Death Stranding does run on Linux, but only with the help of the Steam for Linux app. Since it only runs with the Steam for Linux client, we must demonstrate how to install it on your system.

Install Steam

To start installing the Steam for Linux client on your Linux system, launch a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, follow along with the command-line installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with your Linux OS.


To get Steam working on Ubuntu, all you need to do is run the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam


On Debian, setting up Steam can be confusing, especially if you’re not a huge fan of messing with configuration files. Thankfully, you can bypass the configuration file editing by simply downloading Steam directly with the following wget command.

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

Once you’ve downloaded the Steam DEB package to your computer, the installation can begin. Using the following dpkg command below, install the app. However, keep in mind that errors may occur during this installation. To correct it, follow this guide.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Arch Linux

If you’re using Arch Linux and need to get the latest version of Steam working, you’ll be able to set it up using the following Pacman command.

sudo pacman -S steam


Steam is available for installation on both Fedora and OpenSUSE, though it’s not that easy to set up compared to other distributions. If you don’t want to fuss with everything, consider following the Flatpak installation instructions instead.


If you can’t get Steam working on your distribution, but you can run Flatpak, you’ll still be able to play Death Stranding! To start the installation of Steam via Flatpak, launch a terminal window.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to go, set up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC. You will need the Flatpak runtime to install Steam. After setting up the runtime, run the flatpak remote-add command below to set up the Flathub app store.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With the Flathub app store set up on your computer, the installation of the Steam application can begin. Using the flatpak install command below, get Steam for Linux.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install and play Death Stranding

After installing the Steam for Linux client on your computer, the installation of Death Stranding for Linux can begin. Follow the step-by-step instructions outlined below to get the game working.

Step 1: Log in to the Steam Linux client using your user credentials. Then, find the “Steam” menu, and select it with the mouse to access the “Steam Settings.” Inside of the “Steam Settings,” locate the “Steam Play” area, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 2: Inside of the “Steam Play” area, check the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” box to enable Linux support for the game.

Step 3: Find the “STORE” button in Steam, and select it with the mouse to access the Steam Storefront. Once on the Storefront, find the search box, and click on it with the mouse. Then, type in “Death Stranding” and press Enter on the keyboard.

Look through the results for “Death Stranding,” and click on it with the mouse to go to the Death Stranding Storefront page.

Step 4: On the Death Stranding Storefront page, find the green “Add to cart” button, and click on it to purchase the game. 

Step 5: After purchasing the game, find “LIBRARY” and select it to go to the Steam games library. Once in the library, search for “Death Stranding” and click on it with the mouse.

Step 6: Upon selecting “Death Stranding,” you will notice a blue “INSTALL” button. Click on it to download and Death Stranding to your Linux PC. Keep in mind that the downloading process could take quite a bit of time, as it is a big game.

When the download process for Death Stranding is done, open up a terminal window, close Steam, and execute the following commands.

wget https://github.com/GloriousEggroll/proton-ge-custom/releases/download/5.9-GE-7-ST/Proton-5.9-GE-7-ST.tar.gz

mkdir -p ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

tar xvf Proton-5.9-GE-7-ST.tar.gz -C ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Or, for Steam Flatpak:

mkdir -p ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/
tar xvf Proton-5.9-GE-7-ST.tar.gz -C ~/.var/app/com.valvesoftware.Steam/data/Steam/compatibilitytools.d/

Step 7: Re-launch Steam, right-click on “Death Stranding” in the Steam left-hand sidebar, and select “Properties.”

Inside the “Properties” window for Death Stranding, locate the box that says “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool, and check it. Set it to “Proton-5.9-GE-7-ST”.

Step 8: Find the green “PLAY” button on the Death Stranding page, and click on it to launch the game! Enjoy!

Troubleshooting Death Stranding

Death Stranding runs on Linux with a few tweaks covered in this post. However, if you run into issues, please check out the Death Stranding ProtonDB page, as it will help you figure out bugs you may encounter.

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