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SpotCommander is a remote control for Spotify for Linux, optimized for mobile devices. It's based on HTML5 & PHP, works on any device with a modern browser, and it's free and open source.

SpotCommander is the most elegant, intuitive, feature-rich & universal remote control for Spotify, exclusive for Linux users!


  • Reponsive & intuitive user interface
  • Launch/quit Spotify
  • Now playing
  • Control playback
  • Adjust volume
  • Toggle shuffle & repeat
  • Playlists
  • Starred items
  • Search
  • Browse playlists
  • Browse albums
  • Recently played
  • Queue
  • Lyrics
  • Start track radio
  • Play artists
  • Top lists
  • Popular playlists
  • New albums
  • Genres
  • Share to social networks
  • Gestures
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Android app
  • Fullscreen on iOS
  • Automatic update checking


Note: This must be done as root.

Install & configure required packages

  • Install required packages:
 $ pacman -S apache php php-apache php-sqlite qt4 inotify-tools xautomation wmctrl wget
  • Enable PHP as described in the LAMP article
  • Enable required PHP modules. In /etc/php/php.ini, comment out:
  • As root, create the file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf and add:
AddType text/cache-manifest .appcache

<Directory "/srv/http/spotcommander">
AllowOverride All
ExpiresActive On
ExpiresByType text/cache-manifest "access plus 0 seconds"
Note: If you are going to install in another directory than /srv/http/spotcommander, make sure you use the correct directory above.
  • Make Apache start when system boots:
 $ systemctl enable httpd.service

Give Apache access to /tmp

  • As root, open /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service
  • Set:


  • Some of the actions above requires a reboot to take effect, so you must reboot your system before continuing

Install SpotCommander

  • Go into the web server root directory:
 $ cd /srv/http/
  • Download the tar.bz2 file:
 $ wget -N
  • Extract and remove it:
 $ tar -jxvf spotcommander-8.7.tar.bz2 && rm spotcommander-8.7.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]
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.


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

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