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How to play Banished on Linux

Banished is a city-building game developed and published by Shining Rock Software. In 2014, it was released on Microsoft Windows. Here’s how you can play this game on your Linux PC.

Getting Banished working on Linux

Banished is not a native Linux game. However, installing and playing the game on your Linux PC is still possible. To start, you will need to set up the Linux release of Steam on your computer.

You’ll need to open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop to start the installation process. You can open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.


To install Steam on Ubuntu, use the following apt install command below.

sudo apt install steam


To get Steam working on Debian, start by downloading the latest release of Steam via DEB package using the wget download command below.

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

After downloading the Steam DEB package to your computer, you can install it with the dpkg installation command below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the Steam DEB package is set up on your computer, you’ll need to correct any dependency issues that occurred during the installation process.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To get Steam set up on Arch Linux, you’ll need to enable the “multilib” software repository on your computer. Open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in a text editor (as root).

Once the text file is open, find the “multilib” line and remove the # symbol from the line in front. Also, remove the # symbol from the lines directly below it. Finally, save your edits, close the text editor, and run the pacman -Syy command to resync Arch with the official software repos.

sudo pacman -S steam


If you use Fedora or OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to get the latest release of Steam working on your computer using the software repositories included out of the box. However, the Flatpak version of Steam tends to work better on these OSes, so we suggest following those instructions instead.


To install Steam as a Flatpak on your computer, enable the Flatpak runtime. You can set up the latest Flatpak runtime on your computer by following our guide on the subject.

After setting up the latest Flatpak runtime on your computer, Steam can be installed by running the two commands below in a terminal window.

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

With the Steam app installed, open it up on the desktop. Then, log into your account and follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Banished working on your Linux PC.

Step 1: Open up the Steam menu and select the “Settings” button to open up the Settings area. Once inside of the Steam settings area, find the “Steam Play” option, and select it with the mouse. Next, check both boxes on the Steam Play page.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button inside of the Steam app and click on it with the mouse. Then, select the search box with the mouse and type out “Banished.” Finally, press the Enter key to view the search results.

Step 3: Look through the Steam store search results for “Banished.” Select the game with the mouse when you’ve found the game in the search results. By selecting the “Banished” search result, you’ll load up the game’s Steam store page.

Step 4: On the Banished Steam store page, look for the green “Add to cart” button and click on it with the mouse. When you select this button, Banished will be added to your Steam cart.

After adding the game to your Steam cart, click on the cart icon. From here, you can purchase the game for your Steam account.

Step 5: Select the “Library” button in Steam to access your Steam games library. Once inside of your Steam games library, look for the search box and click on it with the mouse. Type in “Banished.”

Look for “Banished” in your Steam library search result. Then, click on it with the mouse. From there, find the blue “INSTALL” button and click on it with the mouse. Selecting this button will download and install Banished to your PC.

Step 6: After downloading and installing Banished to your Linux PC, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select this button to play the game on your Linux PC.

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