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Verify Integrity Of Game Files On Steam [ Complete Guide ]

A major concern for a lot of gamers in the steam community is how to verify integrity of game files on steam. Today, we will resolve this issue in an instant. Continue reading the article to find out more.

 Steam is one of the popular online game distributors. It includes games from third-party publishers, provides automatic updates for games. It offers digital right management, server hosting, video streaming, and social networking services.

It has community features like groups, friends, chats,  in-game voice, storage. It provides a platform for gamers and helps people to collaborate with friends. It has a huge community and hosts a large number of games for the users. It was initially developed for the MS  Windows Operating system, but later MacOS, Linux versions were released, and later mobile apps were also released for android IOS and windows phone. Due to the large community, people often face steam server errors.  To minimize the error, you can verify the steam files.

Why verify steam files?

When you download your games from the steam server, files may be corrupted, and you may notice errors. To repair the files, add some missing components, you can use the built-in support of the steam app and verify steam files. The steam app also tallies your files that are already downloaded on your computer. The built-in utility solves your problem by downloading missing files and repairing the corrupted ones.

How can you verify steam files: verify integrity of game files on steam?

You can verify steam files by following steps;

  1. Firstly restart your computer and open steam files.
  2. Go to the library page where you can find the list of all your games.
  3. Then right-click the mouse and select ‘properties.’ 

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  4. A dialogue box appears and select  ‘local files’ and click on ‘verify the integrity of game files.

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    verify the integrity of game files

  5. Steam will verify the files and repair if it is broken and add if some files are missing. This process may take several time depending on the specification of your computer.

After verifying the game files, the next step is repairing the games that are installed on your device. If your steam app is not functioning properly and you cannot use the store, you can use these steps too. 

  1. Open the steam app.
  2. At the top left corner of your system, you can find the steam button, click on it then a menu appears.
  3. From the menu, select Settings, then go to the downloads tab.
  4. Then go to the library and click on the steam folder buttons.
  5. A new window appears and then right-click on the folder.
  6. Then select  ‘repair library folder’  from the menu.
  7. Then click ‘yes’ for the confirmation.

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It will repair the file easily. Do not cancel the repair windows.

You can also manually backup steam files in two steps;

In windows, go to C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common

In macOS, go to ~Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common

In linux, go to ~/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/common

  1. Then copy and paste in another folder to backup your games. You can copy it to any drive you want both external or internal.
  2. Now uninstall your game files from your primary drive.
  3. Restoring your games is also easily done. Copy the backup folder from the backup location to program files steam steamapps common. Then click on the library, find the game you just restored.
  4. Click on install game. But you need to keep in mind that you need to install in the same location you just restored files.

Steam, before downloading the files, firstly checks the location assigned to install the game files, then it discovers the files which are already there and skips the download of certain files which don’t need to e downloaded from the server. It will restore the game in a short period of time, and your game is ready to be played.


In this way,  you can verify your steam files and solve the errors and problems you face. I hope it was useful, and you may now be able to repair your broken files and add if missing.  Also, if you have an issue with the Steam 0-byte update click here.


the authorABHIYAN
Abhiyan Chhetri is a cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Abhiyan is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.