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How to play Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Linux

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action RPG developed by Eidos Montréal and published by Square Enix. The game was released in 2011 and centers around an ex-SWAT officer turned head of security for Sarif Industries — one of the leading artificial organ replacement companies. In the game, artificial organ replacement is a hot topic. Some people think it unlocks the next step in human development, while others feel it makes us less human.

In the game, the player can upgrade their character with various augmentations to become more powerful as they fight through the futuristic storyline.

Getting Deus Ex: Human Revolution working

To play Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Linux, you must use Steam Play and Proton.

To play Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you need to install Steam. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is played on Linux with Proton and Steam Play. As a result, you need first to install the Linux Steam Client. To install Steam on your Linux PC, follow the command-line installation instructions below that corresponds with your distribution.


Ubuntu Linux has the latest release of Steam directly in their repositories. To get the app working, simply enter the command below.

sudo apt install steam


Those who run Debian Linux can easily install Steam via the downloadable DEB package on the Valve website. It is much easier than enabling “non-free” in the configuration files. To download the latest Steam DEB package, run the wget command below.

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

When the DEB package is done downloading, run the dpkg command below to install the software.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Arch Linux

If you’re an Arch Linux user, you will be able to quickly install the Steam client with the following Pacman command in a terminal window.

sudo pacman -S steam


Both Fedora Linux and OpenSUSE have native packages for Steam. However, these native packages are kind of annoying to install. On Fedora, you need to enable third-party repos, and on OpenSUSE, it can sometimes be unreliable. A better way to get this app working is to set up the Flatpak release of Steam.


You can install Steam as a Flatpak on Linux. To start the process, ensure that you have the Flatpak runtime enabled. Once the runtime is taken care of, execute the two command-line commands below to install the latest release of Steam via Flatpak.

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

Step 2: After installing Steam on your Linux PC, open up the app on the desktop and log into your Steam account using your information details. When logged in, look for the “Steam” menu, and click on it with the mouse.

Step 3: Inside of the “Steam” menu, find “Steam Play” and select it to access the Steam Play section of Steam. Then, check “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” as well as the box that says Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Once Steam Play is enabled, click “OK” to close the window. You may need to restart Steam.

Step 4: Locate the “STORE” button, and click on it to go to the Steam Storefront. Then, find the search box and type in “Deus: Ex Human Revolution.” Press the Enter key to search.

Look through the search results for “Deus: Ex Human Revolution,” and click on it to go to the Deus Ex HR page.

Step 5: On the Deus: Ex Human Revolution page, look for the green “Add to Cart” button, and click on it with the mouse to purchase the game.

Step 6: Once you’ve purchased Deus: Ex Human Revolution, find the “LIBRARY” button and click on it with the mouse. Selecting this button will take you to your Steam library.

In your Steam library, search for “Deus: Ex Human Revolution” and click on it. By clicking on the game, you will be presented with its Steam library page.

Step 7: Inside of the Deus: Ex Human Revolution Steam library page, look for the blue “INSTALL” button and click on it. By clicking this button, Steam will start downloading and installing the game.

When the game is done downloading, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click it to play the game.

Troubleshooting Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus: Ex Human Revolution is rated as Gold on ProtonDB, so you may run into problems while attempting to play the game. For the best results, be sure to check out the Deus: Ex Human Revolution ProtonDB page. It’s an excellent resource for those who run into problems.

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