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Download Windows Steam games on macOS

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  1. Refalm

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    Download Windows Steam games on macOS
    So you already paid for a game like Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, which is playable on macOS when you use OpenRCT2 (it even has Metal support). However, Steam won't let you download it because it's Windows only. There's no "shut the hell up and let me download this shit anyway" button.

    Getting started
    Open the Steam client, and make sure you're logged in.

    Open the Terminal.

    Copy/paste/enter in Terminal:
    mkdir ~/Steam && cd ~/Steam && curl -sqL "" | tar zxvf -
    Downloading game
    Now you can download any Windows Steam game using a command. Fill in information about what game you would like to download by replacing the brackets.

    Copy/paste, adjust information, enter:
    mkdir -p ~/Steam/[Short name of the game]/ && cd ~/Steam && ./steamcmd +login [Your Steam username] +@sSteamCmdForcePlatformType windows +force_install_dir ~/Steam/[Short name of the game]/ +app_update [App ID of the game] +quit
    Your Steam username
    The username you login to Steam with.

    Short name of the game
    Use a short name of the game you would like to install. This can be anything you want, but just keep it short, and without spaces, special characters, emoji's, or stuff like that. So for example, use "rct2" for "RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack", "doom2" for "Doom II", "morrowind" for "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind", etc.

    App ID
    Search for the game you'd like to download at SteamDB. Just copy/paste the App ID displayed.

    Finding your games' download directory
    Open Finder and press Shift+Command+G.


    Press Control+Command+T to put the directory in favourites.

    What other Windows games can I buy on Steam and play on macOS with an open source game engine?

    EngineFor these gamesInstall
    DevilutionXDiablo and Hellfire.brew install --cask devilutionx
    GZDoomDOOM, DOOM II, and Heretic.brew install --cask gzdoom
    ioquake3Quake 3.brew install --cask ioquake3
    iortcwReturn to Castle Wolfenstein.Download from GitHub
    JuliusCaesar III.Download from GitHub
    JFDuke3DDuke Nukem 3D.Download from
    re3GTA III and GTA Vice City.Download from GitHub
    Jazz² ResurrectionJazz Jackrabbit 2.
    OpenMWMorrowind.brew install --cask openmw
    OpenRATiberian Dawn and Red Alert.brew install --cask openra
    OpenRCT2Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (and the original).brew install --cask openrct2
    QuakespasmQuake.brew install --cask quakespasm
    UTPatchUnreal Tournament.Download from GitHub
    YamagiQuake II.Download from

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