SpotCommander

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SpotCommander is an open source web-based remote control for the GNU/Linux version of Spotify. The application is written in PHP and HTML5, and thus optimized especially for mobile devices, like smartphones or tablets. It has a visual appealing, responsive and intuitive user interface.

Features

The application offers amongst others the following features:

  • Launch and quit Spotify
  • Now playing
  • Control playback
  • Change Spotify's volume
  • Toggle shuffle and repeat
  • Browse playlists, albums and starred items
  • Search for tracks
  • Recently played
  • Queue
  • Gestures
  • Keyboard shortcuts

Installation

Note: This must be done as root.

Preconditions

Install Apache web server

  • To be able to use SpotCommander, it is neccessary to have an Apache web server installed on the device, which should be controlled remotely later. Apache and PHP can be installed this way:
 $ pacman -S apache php php-apache

See the LAMP article for more detailed information about Apache.

Configuration of Apache

  • Configure Apache. In /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf add:
AddType text/cache-manifest .appcache

<Directory "/srv/http/spotcommander">
    AllowOverride All
    ExpiresActive On
    ExpiresByType text/cache-manifest "access plus 0 seconds"
</Directory>
  • To be able to run the application, the sqlite extension of PHP is required. First, install the package:
 $ pacman -S php-sqlite
  • Now edit the php configuration in /etc/php/php.ini:
 $ nano /etc/php/php.ini
  • Comment out the following lines, to enable the needed extensions:
 extension=curl.so
 ...
 extension=openssl.so
 ...
 extension=pdo_sqlite.so
 ...
 extension=posix.so
 ...
 extension=sqlite3.so
Note: Make sure you have the openssl package installed.
  • Restart Apache:
 $ systemctl restart httpd.service
  • It is neccessary to give Apache access to /tmp. Search in /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service for the line PrivateTmp=true and change it as follows:
 PrivateTmp=false

To make this change take effect, a reboot is needed.

Other required packages

  • In addition the following packages need to be installed:
 $ pacman -S qt4 inotify-tools xautomation wmctrl 

Install SpotCommander

  • Go into the web server root directory:
 $ cd /srv/http/
  • Download the tar.bz2 file:
 $ wget -N http://www.olejon.net/code/spotcommander/files/spotcommander-8.6.tar.bz2
  • Extract and remove it:
 $ tar -jxvf spotcommander-8.6.tar.bz2 && rm spotcommander-8.6.tar.bz2
  • Go into the spotcommander folder:
 $ cd spotcommander
  • Set the correct file permissions:
 $ chmod 755 . && chmod 755 bin/* && chmod 777 cache/* && chmod -R 777 db/ && chmod 666 run/*
  • Create a symlink, to be able to execute the SpotCommander daemon easily:
 $ ln -fs /srv/http/spotcommander/bin/spotcommander /usr/local/bin/spotcommander
  • Start the daemon. Run this command in a desktop terminal as the desktop user running Spotify:
 $ spotcommander start

Add daemon to startup (optional)

Create the file /etc/xdg/autostart/spotcommander.desktop and add:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=SpotCommander
Exec=spotcommander start

Configuration (optional)

It is not necessary to configure anything, but in the config.php file there are some options you can change.

Usage

After you have set up the server successfully, every device in your local network should be able to access SpotCommander under the ip adress of the server. For example, if the server would have the ip 192.168.0.24:

 http://192.168.0.24/spotcommander/

To find out your current ip adress, execute the following:

 ip addr

If you cannot access the server, make sure, that apache is accessible by other hosts in the LAN. Check in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf to what hosts it is listening to. The line should look like this:

 Listen 80

See also