Is it possible to download Steam platform updates using something that isn't the Steam client (i.e. HTTP) The steam client doesn't provide file size or time indications and I find this irritating when I launch a game and have to update.

Appolagies if this is a duplicate of something, I did search and didn't find anything.

  • Is the version of steam directly downloaded from the Valve website always current? Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 0:43
  • I can't say for sure, but I assume not since the first thing it did after I installed it was to update Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 0:58
  • I'm not very sure about that, it must be the current version though. It always checks for updates, though, since it has to ensure you have the latest fixes and updates by the time you have run a game.
    – DrFish
    Commented Nov 7, 2010 at 8:28

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Yes, Steam client updates can be downloaded manually via HTTP, if the names of the update files are known.

In my case, Steam seems to be unable to handle the poor Internet connection. When the network gets interrupted briefly, Steam just issues an error and exits; if I start it again, it can't resume the process and everything have to be downloaded again. So I'd like to use a robust download utility that supports pause and resume (i.e. HTTP Range Request).

The files it failed to download can be found in bootstrap_log.txt. (It is located under the directory ~/.local/share/Steam/logs on Linux). For example, this is one of the entries in the log:

Package file tenfoot_dicts_all.zip.c74a3a9beb77a280cfd8761b901a80ed0f6a3173 missing or incorrect size

To apply the updates manually:

  • Using your favourite download utility, download http://media.steampowered.com/client/ + package file name. In this case, it's http://media.steampowered.com/client/tenfoot_dicts_all.zip.c74a3a9beb77a280cfd8761b901a80ed0f6a3173.

  • Put the files you've downloaded where Steam Client would. On Linux it is ~/.local/share/Steam/package/

  • Start Steam.

And now Steam should be extracting the updates right away, without downloading them again.

Credit: aiusepsi on the r/Steam community on Reddit. Link to post


To answer the question – and not focus on updates in general: No, Steam uses a proprietary protocol for file transfers.


That is a strange behavior because in my Steam client version it's clearly written in Library -> Download what you are downloading, the total size of the update and the estimated time needed to complete the download.

Anyway the only "official" way to download Steam updates are through Steam client.

Of course, if you have friends that play that game and they have already download the patch/update, you can exit from Steam and copy those files in the right position of your Steam folders; when Steam restarts it recognizes those new files and you are ready to launch the game.

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    Not sure if that's random, a bug or a missing feature; but the Steam Client updates usually don't show up in Library → Downloads page. Maybe I might just have missed it all the time. However, I know it is displayed in the tooltip at the systray icon. Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 0:33
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    Drake, you confused Steam Client updates with game updates. Steam Client updates update Steam itself. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 18:37

You can disable the auto-update facility on a per-game basis. R-click the game in the Library and (off the top of my head) go to Properties and the option is on one of the tabs there.

However, if you are going to be playing what is primarily a multi-player game, you'd be best of just leaving it on otherwise you'll probably not be able to join any games.

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    I believe the question is about Steam Client updates, and not game updates. (at least that was what I understood; some clarification is appreciated!) Commented Jan 27, 2011 at 0:35

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