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How to play Wreckfest on Linux

Wreckfest is a racing video game developed by Bugbear Entertainment and published by THQ Nordic. Here’s how you can play Wreckfest on your Linux PC.

Getting Wreckfest working on Linux

Wreckfest was never ported to Linux. However, users can run it on the Linux platform thanks to Valve’s hard work with Proton. To use the excellent features Proton supplies, you must install the official Steam app.

Open up a terminal window to install the official Steam app on your Linux PC. You can open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu.

Once the terminal window is open, you’ll be able to install the Steam app. Follow the installation instructions below that corresponds with the Linux OS you use.


To get Steam working on Ubuntu, run the following apt install command.

sudo apt install steam


To use Steam on Debian, you’ll need to download the latest release of Steam to your computer. Using the wget download command below, download the package.

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

After downloading the latest version of Steam to your Debian Linux system, you’ll be able to install it on your computer using the following dpkg command.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam package installed on Steam, you’ll need to correct any dependency issues that may have occurred during the installation process. You can correct this using the sudo apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

It is possible to install Steam on Arch Linux, but you first must enable the “multilib” software repository. To do that, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in a text editor (as root).

With the file open for editing, locate the “multilib” line and remove the # symbol. Then, remove the # symbol from the line directly below it. Then, save the edits, and use the pacman -Syy command.

sudo pacman -Syy

When the “multilib” software repository is enabled on your system, you can install the Steam app using the pacman -S command.

sudo pacman -S steam


If you’re using Fedora or OpenSUSE Linux, installing the software on your system using software repositories included with the operating system is possible. However, we suggest following the Flatpak instructions instead, as the Steam app tends to work better as a Flatpak on those operating systems.


To get the Steam app working via Flatpak, you’ll need to first set up the Flatpak runtime on your computer. Once the runtime is set up, you can quickly install Steam using the two flatpak commands below.

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

Open up the app after installing the Steam app on your Linux PC. Then, log in using your user credentials. Once you’ve logged into Steam, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Wreckfest working on Linux.

Step 1: Open the Steam app and click on the “Steam” menu. Once the Steam menu is open, find the “Settings” button, and click on it with the mouse. When you select this button, you’ll open up the Steam settings area.

Inside the Steam settings area, click on “Steam Play.” Then, check both the “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” box and the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” box.

Click “OK” to save your settings.

Step 2: Find the “Store” button inside the Steam app, and click on it with the mouse. After loading up the Steam storefront, click on the search box with the mouse. Type in “Wreckfest” and press the Enter key on the keyboard.

Look through the search results for “Wreckfest.” Once you’ve found it, click on it to access the Wreckfest Steam store page.

Step 3: On the Wreckfest Steam store page, look for the green “Add to cart” button and click on it with the mouse. Selecting this button will add the game to your cart. Click on the Steam cart to purchase your copy of Wreckfest.

Step 4: After buying Wreckfest for Steam, find the “Library” button, and click on it with the mouse to access your Steam games library. Once in your Steam games library, search for “Wreckfest” in the sidebar and select “Properties.”

Step 5: Inside the “Properties” window, find the “COMPATIBILITY” section, and click on it with the mouse. Check the box that says, “Force the use of a specific compatibility tool. Then, set the version of Proton for Wreckfest to Proton Experimental. Proton 7 also works.

Close the “Properties” window once you’ve configured Wreckfest to use the correct version of Proton.

Step 6: On the Wreckfest library page, click on the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game to your Linux PC. Keep in mind that this installation could take some time to complete.

Step 7: When the download is finished, the green “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Select the “PLAY” button to start the game on your computer.


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