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How to play Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Linux

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is the PC release of Halo Wars. Halo Wars is a real-time strategy video game based inside of the Halo video game universe. Here’s how you can get the game working on Linux.

How to get Halo Wars: Definitive Edition working on Linux

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is a Microsoft Windows game, but you can play it on Linux thanks to Proton and Steam Play. To get this game working, you’ll have to set up the Linux version of Steam.

Install Steam

Steam works on a wide variety of Linux operating systems. To get the app working on your Linux system, open up a terminal window on the desktop. You can open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open, the installation can begin. Using the installation instructions down below, get the latest version of Steam working on your computer.


Steam works on Ubuntu quite well. To get it working on your system, enter the apt install command down below.

sudo apt install steam


Steam does work on Debian, but you must install it by downloading the official package from Valve. To get your hands on this package, make use of the following wget download command.

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

After downloading the latest release of Steam to your computer, the installation can begin. Using the dpkg installation command, set up Steam on Debian.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the Steam app is installed, you must correct any dependency issues during the installation process. To fix these issues on the system, enter the following apt-get install -f command.

Arch Linux

Steam is available to Arch Linux users. However, it is provided via the  “multilib” software repository. To enable this repository, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in your favorite text editor (as root).

Once the text file is open, find the “multilib” line. Then, remove the # symbol. Be sure also to remove the # from the lines directly below it. Then, save the edits. Finally, re-sync Arch Linux with the official servers using pacman -Syy.

sudo pacman -Syy

After syncing the Arch, the installation of Steam can begin. Use the pacman -S command down below to install Steam on your computer.

sudo pacman -S steam


Both Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux users can install Steam with software repositories included in the operating system. That being said, this version of Steam doesn’t work as well as the Flatpak release of Steam, so we suggest installing that version instead.


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

Install Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Linux

With the Steam app installed on your computer, open it up. Then, log in to the app using your password and user credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions down below to get Halo Wars: Definitive Edition working on Linux.

Step 1: Open up the “Steam” menu, find the “Settings” button, and click on it with the mouse. When you select this button, you’ll be brought to the Steam settings area. Inside the settings area, find “Steam Play” and click on it to access the Steam Play settings.

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. Click the “OK” button to apply the system settings.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button and click on it with the mouse to access the Steam store. Then, click on the search box and type in “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.” Finally, press the Enter key to view the results.

Look through the search results and select “Halo Wars: Definitive Edition” with the mouse. When you choose the game, it will load up the Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Steam store page.

Step 3: On the Halo Wars Steam store page, locate the green “Add to cart” button. Click on “Add to cart” to purchase the game and add it to your account to go through the process of buying the game.

Step 4: After buying Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, find the “Library” button and click on it with the mouse. Then, locate the blue “INSTALL” button. Click on this button to install the game on your computer.

Step 5: Once Halo Wars is installed on your computer via Steam, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select the “PLAY” button to start up the game.

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