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How to play Yooka-Laylee on Linux

Yooka-Laylee is a platformer game developed by Team 7, which was the original developer team behind the N64 game Banjo-Kazooie. Here’s how to play this game on your Linux PC.

Getting Yooka-Laylee working on Linux

Yooka-Laylee works on Linux, but you’ll only be able to play it on your Linux computer with the help of Steam. So, we must demonstrate how to install the Steam Linux client before continuing.

Install Steam

To start installing Steam on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu to launch it that way.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, follow along with the installation instructions below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.


On Ubuntu, you can get the Steam application up and running with the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam


The easiest way to install Steam on Debian is to download the DEB package directly. Using the wget command below, grab the latest Steam release to your home folder. 

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

When the DEB package is done downloading to your computer, the installation can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install the latest release of Steam on Debian.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Now that Steam is set up on your Debian Linux PC, you’ll need to correct any dependency issues for Steam. To do that, use the following apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, it is possible to get Steam working so long as you have the “multilib” software repository up and running. To do that, open up the /etc/pacman.conf file in your favorite text editor.

Now that the file is open in your text editor find the “multilib” software repository, and remove the # symbol from it, as well as the lines directly below it. After that, save your edits, and close the editor. Then, Re-sync Arch Linux with the Arch repos.

sudo pacman -Syy
sudo pacman -S steam


If you use Fedora or OpenSUSE Linux, you’ll be able to install Steam through repos included with your operating system. That being said, the Flatpak release of Steam works better on these operating systems, and we suggest installing that instead.


To get Steam working on your Linux PC via Flatpak, you’ll first need to install the Flatpak runtime. To get the runtime up and running, please follow our guide on the subject. 

Once the Flatpak runtime is up and running on your Linux system, you’ll be able to install Steam with the two commands below.

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

Install Yooka-Laylee on Linux

Now that Steam is installed on your Linux system open it up and log into your account with your user information. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Yooka-Laylee up and running.

Step 1:  To install Yooka-Laylee on your Linux PC, start by finding the “Store” button in Steam and click on it with the mouse. After that, you’ll load up the Steam Storefront.

On the Steam Storefront, find the search box and click on it with the mouse. Then, type in “Yooka-Laylee” into the box. Finally, press the Enter key to view the search results.

Step 2: Look through the search results for “Yooka-Laylee,” and click on it with the mouse. When you select the game in the results, you’ll load up Yooka-Laylee’s Steam Storefront page.

On the Steam Storefront page, locate the green “Add to cart” button and select it with the mouse. When you choose this button, it will go to your Steam cart. Next, click on the cart button at the top-right part of the page.

Step 3: Inside your Steam cart, go through the process of purchasing the game. When you buy the game, Yooka-Laylee will be permanently added to your Steam games collection.

Click on the “Library” button in Steam to access your games library. Once you’re in your Steam library, locate the search box. Next, click on the search box, and type in “Yooka-Laylee” into it. When you do, it should appear in the results.

Step 4: Select “Yooka-Laylee” in the search results to access the game’s Steam library page. Then, look for the blue “INSTALL” on the game’s page. Select this button to start the installation of the game onto your computer. 

Step 5: The installation of Yooka-Laylee will take a few minutes. When the process is complete, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click on the green “PLAY” button to start up Yooka-Laylee on your Linux gaming PC.

Enjoy, and happy gaming!

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