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Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs. This Internet music service allows you to select any song in its database and stream for free.

Spotify also offers free users the ability to create playlist which can be shuffled, and set to repeat tracks. Content provided by Spotify comes in explicit versions as well as censored.


Choose which client you would prefer. The Linux client is receiving good reviews. However, if you are comfortable with wine and its configuration, you might want to choose the windows client. Please note that you do not need to install both. There is also the online player (requires Flash) on

Third-party clients

  • Clementine — Able of streaming from Spotify with a premium account after activating (downloading) a plugin in the settings. || clementine
  • Mopidy — An alternative plug-in based implementation of Music Player Daemon is able of streaming from Spotify with an extension. || mopidy+ mopidy-spotifyAUR or despotify-svnAUR
  • Librespot — An open source client library for Spotify. It enables applications to use Spotify's service (streaming), without using the official closed-source libspotify. || librespot-gitAUR librespot-alsa-gitAUR

Official Linux client

Install it with the spotifyAUR package. If you wish to play local files you will need to install zenity and ffmpeg0.10AUR as well.

Official Windows client through Wine

First, install Wine.

Obtaining Spotify can be done by registering for an account on their Website, the application does not offer in-app registration. Obtain the appliction from

After you have registered and downloaded your copy of the installer you will need to run the application through Wine, depending on your setup you may be able to run the application by right clicking the file. If not terminal will work just fine, as long as you run the below command in the directory of your download.

$ wine SpotifySetup.exe

Once the application is successfully installed you may run Spotify by using one of the following commands in terminal, or in the ALT+F2 launcher:

If you use a x86_64 copy of Arch Linux, you will have to run it like this:

$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Spotify/spotify.exe

If you use a x86 copy of Arch Linux, you can use this command just fine:

$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Spotify/spotify.exe

If you have any additional problems, I recommend setting the winecfg to Windows XP or Windows 7 emulation.

Tips & tricks

Global media hotkeys

The official Linux client has support for media keys like XF86AudioPlay, but out of the box they only work inside Spotify. We can use for example xbindkeys to catch the global media keypresses, and then forward them to Spotify using one of the methods below. If you use xbindkeys, ensure that Spotify is restarted after installation and key configuration otherwise the key events will not be properly caught.


The Spotify client implements the MPRIS2 D-Bus interface which allows external control.


The playerctlAUR utility provides a command line tool to send commands to MPRIS clients. The only commands you will likely need to bind globally are play-pause, next and previous

$ playerctl play-pause
$ playerctl next
$ playerctl previous

Playerctl will send the command to the first player it finds, so this method will also work with others players such as vlc. To ignore other players, pass --player=spotify as an argument.


An alternative to the above is to manually use D-Bus, which should be available by default as it is a dependency of systemd.

To play or pause the current song in Spotify:

$ dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.PlayPause

In order to bind this and the other commands to the media keys you need to install Xbindkeys and edit your .xbindkeysrc and add the following lines:

# Play/Pause
"dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.PlayPause"

# Next
"dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Next"

# Previous
"dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Previous"

# Stop
"dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Stop"

If the above commands do not work, try setting the dbus address:

 PID=`pgrep -o -u $USER $PROCESS`
 if [ -e $ENVIRON ]
     echo "Unable to set DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS."
     exit 1


With the help of xdotool it is possible to send your hotkeys to the application. The following script is an example of how to control Spotify from the outside:


case $1 in
       echo "Usage: $0 play|next|prev"
       exit 1
xdotool key --window $(xdotool search --name "Spotify (Premium |Unlimited |Free )?- Linux Preview"|head -n1) $key
exit 0

Let us call it Make the script executable:

$ chmod +x

By executing ./ play you can now toggle playing a song. Now you can bind this script to any tool that catches keypresses, such as xbindkeys.

Disable track notifications

Note: It is worth noting that if you have a SpotCommanderAUR Server running alongside Spotify, and you disable track notifications by following the instructions below, the SpotCommander Client running on your mobile device will display that “No Music is Playing” and will fail to display track info such as title, artist, album art, etc. Apart from that, the mobile client still works fine though, and is still able to skip, play, pause, control volume, etc.

After version 0.9.10, track change notifications were enabled by default. They can be quite intrusive. To disable them, add the following line to ~/.config/spotify/Users/<spotifylogin>-user/prefs


It is also possible to launch spotify with the --ui.track_notifications_enabled=false option.

Show track notifications

playerctlAUR provides a library you can use with python-gobject and a notification daemon such as dunst to show the artist and title in a notification when the track changes.

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from gi.repository import Playerctl, GLib
from subprocess import Popen

player = Playerctl.Player()

def on_track_change(player, e):
    track_info = '{artist} - {title}'.format(artist=player.get_artist(), title=player.get_title())
    Popen(['notify-send', track_info])

player.on('metadata', on_track_change)


Skip overplayed radio tracks

Another use of the playerctlAUR library is to skip tracks that are played too much on radio when you do not necessarily want to downvote these tracks because you may want to hear them again later on that station.

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from gi.repository import Playerctl, GLib

player = Playerctl.Player()

played_out = ['Zu Fuss', 'Walk And Talk', 'Neuland']

def on_track_change(player, e):
    if player.get_title() in played_out:

player.on('metadata', on_track_change)


Mute commercials


With blockify you can mute commercials. It is available in the AUR as blockifyAUR.

To have this start and run in the background every time Spotify starts you will need to automate this yourself:



if [[ -x $spotify && -x /usr/bin/blockify ]];
  blockify &
  trap "kill -9 $block_pid" SIGINT SIGTERM EXIT

By placing this script at /usr/local/bin/spotify, it gets preferred to /usr/bin/spotify everytime you start Spotify, so there's nothing else to change and updates won't break it.


spotblock (spotblock-gitAUR) is a resource-efficient ad blocker that runs as a systemd daemon.


Spotify-AdKiller (spotify-adkiller-gitAUR) is another alternative to block Spotify ads.

Remote Control

Send commands via SSH

If you set up ssh on the server, you can send controls from a client to a remote Spotify instance with

$ ssh user@host yourcommand

where yourcommand can be spotifycmd that you installed on the server, or a dbus script for the linux version, as described above.

Grab the Spotify window via SSH

Aside from grabbing the whole desktop with TeamViewer or VNC to remotely control your server, you can also only grab the Spotify Window from the server to your client.

To do that, you need to configure sshd on your server and install x11vnc on both server and client as well as tigervnc on the client. Then you can use these scripts to grab either the complete dektop or only the Spotify window, which essentially gets you GUI client-like behavior as with MPD.


if [[ $1 == all ]];then
  ssh -f -t -L 5900:localhost:5900 user@host "x11vnc -q -display :0 -auth .Xauthority"
  ssh -f -t -L 5900:localhost:5900 user@host ".bin/"
for i in {1..4}; do
  sleep 2
  if vncviewer localhost:0; then break; fi

export DISPLAY=:0

id=$(wmctrl -lx | awk '/spotify.exe.Wine/ {print $1}')
[[ -z $id ]] && id=$(wmctrl -lx | awk '/spotify.Spotify/ {print $1}')

x11vnc -sid $id -display :0 -auth .Xauthority

You will need to copy the second script to ~/.bin/ on the server and the first script to any place on your client.

Finally, to grab the spotify window, run on the client:

$ sh

or, for the whole desktop:

$ sh all

HiDPI Mode

As the current Spotify build is not DPI aware, the amount to scale the interface by can be specified using the terminal command:

$ spotify --force-device-scale-factor=X

where X is the amount to scale the interface by, e.g 2.

This change can be added to the spotify.desktop file in order to apply the scaling when launching from the desktop.

To make sure the file does not get overwritten when the package is updated, copy it to you local applications folder:

$ cp /usr/share/applications/spotify.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/

Now edit ~/.local/share/applications/spotify.desktop and add the --force-device-scale-factor option:

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Music Player
Comment=Spotify streaming music client
Exec=spotify --force-device-scale-factor=2 %U

You might need to relaunch your Desktop Manager, before these override changes will be effective.


Desktop Environment alerts (beeps) mutes Spotify

Comment out "module-role-cork" in pulse audio configuration file.

Open /etc/pulse/ with your text editor and comment out:

load-module module-role-cork 

Or simply unload it with:

pactl unload-module module-role-cork

Using search causes the whole interface to blink and then crash

Spotify is using an old version of Chromium Embedded Framework and hits a bug causing it to crash repeatedly when trying to use the search. This can be worked around by using the following command line option:


Blinking images and improper rendering while using Spotify Linux with DWM

Start spotify as a floating window.

You can add this rule to the rules array in your config.h:

 { "Spotify",     NULL,       NULL,        2,         True,     -1 },

This will tell dwm to start spotify as a floating window associated with the tag "2" no matter what window mode you are in. Recompile and install dwm to apply your new settings.

Broken search, browsing or radio

Spotify bug report concerning non-english locales

If various tabs like browsing only show a blank screen, the search field doesn't seem to do anything or the radio page is broken (stuck when starting and unsresponsive to input) you might be using a custom locale.

Try setting the environment variable LC_NUMERIC to en_US.utf8 before starting Spotify.

SpotifyHelper.exe crashes (Windows client)

If SpotifyHelper.exe crashes when starting Spotify, disable the d3d9 library with winecfg. Go to the "Libraries" tab, choose "d3d9" and click Add. To disable it, click edit and select the "Disable" option.

Wrong launcher icon (Windows client)

If the Spotify icon does not show up correctly in your launcher, add the following line to ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/Spotify.desktop:


Deadlock GUI Thread

Can occur under tiling window managers, such as Awesome, when double-clicking new song or playlist. Edit the file ~/.config/spotify/Users/[1-9]*-user/prefs to add or change the following:


Restart Spotify. Note that several causes appear to exist for this problem, and this particular fix only applies to select versions of Spotify client and Awesome, and it may be that additional root causes exist for the Debian and Ubuntu users reporting this issue. Observed with Spotify and Awesome 3.4.15.

Note: As of Spotify, ui.track_notifications_enabled=false seems to be ignored. On the other hand some, users report not experimenting the deadlock anymore as of Awesome 3.5.6. Deadlocks could be caused by scripts called by Awesome, which rely on buggy spotify dbus properties. See [1].

Note: This issue has multiple causes, so keep track of what you change while researching this. Update this section with additional scenarios and fixes.


See PulseAudio/Troubleshooting and [2]

Album art and images are missing, show up as squares

Quit spotify, then open spotify preferences ~/.config/spotify/prefs

Change @https to @http:


See original form post here.

Note: As of 1.0.17 it looks like replacing https with http as suggested above can result in no connectivity at all. If this happens an alternative solution is to set 'no proxy' in the GUI use proxychains-ng to force all TCP connection coming from the app through a proxy. Even with HTTP proxies that reject connections on port 80 (and only work for port 443) this works reliably.

Spotify does not detect other devices on local network

If a firewall is in place, open ports 57621 for UDP and TCP. If you use a variant of the iptables Simple stateful firewall, the following should do it:

iptables -A TCP -p tcp --dport 57621 -j ACCEPT -m comment --comment spotify
iptables -A UDP -p udp --dport 57621 -j ACCEPT -m comment --comment spotify

It is also possible to restrict the source and destination to the local network.

If you are using Spotify Connect to play music on a wireless speaker or AVR, your firewall needs to be configured for Spotify's mDNS lookup of those. Sadly, it uses a random unprivileged port [3] which makes these firewall rules rather nasty. Fortunately, you can restrict the rules to source port 1900 or 5353.

iptables -A UDP -p udp --sport 1900 --dport 1025:65535 -j ACCEPT -m comment --comment spotify
iptables -A UDP -p udp --sport 5353 --dport 1025:65535 -j ACCEPT -m comment --comment spotify

Search Bar text is invisible when using a dark theme

The text in the search bar appears to be hardcoded to be white, making it invisible when using a dark Qt theme. To fix this, you'll need to make an override.

First create a css file somewhere your account has permission to read/write from (such as your home folder). Call it whatever you like (eg. spotify-override.css).

Open the newly created css file and add the following:

QLineEdit { color: #000 }

Save the file and exit. Next, you need to add the following to the end of your Spotify launcher (substitute the path with the actual path of your css file):


So your full launch path should look something like this:

/usr/share/spotify/spotify-client/spotify -stylesheet=/home/user/spotify-override.css

Segmentation fault when playing a local file

The cause of this problem is a missing dependency. For Pulseaudio users, installing ffmpeg-compat-54AUR should fix it.

See also