How to install Steam Link on Raspberry Pi

How to install Steam Link on Raspberry Pi

It is possible that Valve has abolished the release of the iron itself, but despite this, you still have the opportunity to use the Steam Link application in your system Raspberry Pi for live broadcast of computer games on television or anywhere else.

Remember Steam Link, the $50 box from Valve that broadcasts games from your computer to any TV in your house? The iron itself was removed from production, but Steam Link still exists as an app for iOS, Android and, most interestingly, most likely for Raspberry Pi.


Earlier, we discussed how to broadcast a game stream to your phone and tablet through the Steam Link application, and this is super – absolute freedom of movement, you can play anywhere in the house, while your gaming PC does the hard work, sending a video stream to any device that is connected to the network. If you want to stream your games to the TV, Raspberry Pi is the perfect choice, which also does not hit your pocket at all. And if you have a Raspberry Pi microcomputer with RetroPie installed, you can use Steam Link as a built-in experimental add-on.

Right now Steam Link is only compatible with Raspberry Pi 3 and fresher models. Even if you have a Nvidia video card on your gaming PC, you can always try it with Moonlight, an open source client for Nvidia GameStream technology. But in this tutorial we will focus on Steam Link and newer Pi models.

Using Steam Link on Pi is very similar to how we design the Steam Link application for iOS and Android. The only difference is that for Pi – a little more settings. Before you continue, you might want to read our guide to getting started with Raspberry Pi, if you haven’t already done so. This guide will give you all the necessary instructions about the hardware and components you will need for this project, as well as the initial installation and configuration of Raspberry Pi, the operating system of Raspberry Pi. Once you have it all figured out, you can move on to the next steps.


Installing Steam Link in Raspbian is incredibly easy. You need to open the terminal window and execute the following commands by clicking Enter after each:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install steamlink

Next, you will need a controller. If you use a USB gamepad, just plug it in and your Pi will recognize the controller when you start Steam Link. If you are using a Bluetooth gamepad like Sony DualShock 4, you will need to connect it to Pi by clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the upper right corner and selecting “Add new device”.

To start Steam Link, you can either click on the Raspberry menu in the top left corner and then go to “Games” and then “Steam Link”, or you can start Steam Link directly from the terminal with the help:


Go to the last section of this manual for more information on setting up the Steam Link application.



If the only reason you need Pi is to use Steam Link, we recommend adding the application to Raspbian autoload. This way, it will start automatically at startup. To do this, just open the terminal and execute the following command:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

Then add a new line to the end of the file with the following text:


Press Ctrl + X, then Y to save and exit. The next time you load Pi, the Steam Link interface should appear immediately.


If you are already the lucky owner of Raspberry Pi, which acts as a gaming retro console, you are extremely lucky, because in this case you do not need a separate Pi for streaming Steam games or even a separate SD card. You just install the Steam Link application directly from RetroPie with its own menu item, so it runs directly from the EmulationStation, like your other games.

Before installing Steam Link in RetroPie, first make sure that it is updated to the latest version with the latest available programs. Then, in the EmulationStation main window, select the RetroPie option and go to the RetroPie configuration. Select “Update” and wait until the process is complete.



As you download, return to the RetroPie setup screen. Scroll down to “Package Management” and select “Experimental Packages”. Go on until you find “steamlink”, then click “Install”. After that you will need to find it in the “Ports” section of the EmulationStation main menu, ready for the game broadcast.

If you can’t find the “steamlink”, you may be using an old version of RetroPie that needs to be reinstalled from scratch. Also, it may be because you don’t have Raspberry Pi model #3, but lower, and this Steam Link model doesn’t support.


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