How to Run any EXE File on Steam Deck (2 Easy Methods)

Are you trying to run a non-steam game or EXE file on Steam Deck? Then you might face some issues while running the file directly. If you want to run a third-party installed game with an EXE file on Steam Deck, there is a quick way to do it.

Steam Deck Desktop Mode makes it easier to run third-party apps like Steam Deck Cleaner, install Steam Deck mods, and use game launchers like the Steam Deck Repo Manager.

You can also run the EXE file on Steam Deck by Steam Client through Desktop Mode. Then choose the ‘Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library’ and browse the EXE file to open it. To explain things more clearly, we have compiled 2 easy step-by-step methods to run any Exe file on Steam Deck.

Method #1: Using the Steam Client

  1. Open the Steam Client via the Desktop Mode on your console.
  2. Click on the ‘Games’ tab and select ‘Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library.’Running EXE File via Steam Client
  3. Then click ‘Browse’ from the pop-up menu and go to the path of the Exe file that you want to run on Steam.
  4. Select the EXE file and click ‘Open.’ It will appear in the Steam Games Library.
  5. Now, it will appear on the list from where you must select it and click ‘Add Selected Program.’
    Adding Non Steam Games to Steam Client
  6. Now, the game will appear in your Library, and you can click the Play button to run it via Steam Client.
Enabling Compatibility to run EXE File on Steam Deck

If your added exe file doesn’t run, click on the Settings icon, which is the gear icon, go to Properties > Compatibility, and select the option ‘Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool.’

Method #2: Enable Executable Option

This method is relatively simple and works for most installation files, such as EXE on Steam Deck and other formats. To enable the execution option, right-click the file and go to Properties. In the permissions tab, select the ‘is executable’ checkmark to enable it and select OK to save the changes.

Enabling File Execution on EXE File

Final Words

Steam Deck OS allows you to run files, install games, and get new installers with simple tweaks and changes. Just like in a Windows-operated device, you can run EXE files on Steam Deck by simply running it through the Steam Client. Hopefully, this article has guided you well on installing non-steam games and other EXE files on your console.


Can I Use Third-Party Installers on Steam Deck?

Yes, you can run third-party launchers like the Heroic Games Launcher on Steam Deck to install Epic Games or without any incompatibility issues.


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