Installing Spotify Linux Client on Ubuntu

Want Spotify Linux client on Ubuntu? This brief tutorial will show you how. Unlike Windows and Mac users, Spotify client isn’t supported like it is on Windows or Mac systems. Linux users can install the client but they’re on their own when something isn’t working right.

Linux client also may not be as current as Windows and Mac clients. Not much appetite for its parent company to spend developers’ time and money on supporting Linux.

Also it may just mean that Linux users are better at resolving tech issues themselves then Windows and Mac and can handle their own. Or it may just mean Linux isn’t widely used as compare to Windows and Mac and so spend the resources on those systems.

Anyway, to install Spotify on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Update to this post [ 4/23/2018]

The easiest way to intall Spotify now is via Snap… the steps below work, but if you want a more reliable Spotify app for Ubuntu, use the commands below

Run the commands below to install Snap if not already installed.

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Then install Spotify by running the commands below:

sudo snap install spotify

That’s it!

Again, the step above is the quickest way to get Spotify installed. You may ignore the below steps if Spotify is installed via the above commands….

Step 1: Add Spotify Repository Key to Ubuntu

To install Spotify from its repository, you must first add the repository key. The allows your computer to trust packages being downloaded from the repository. If packages are being installed from repositories that are not trusted, the installation may fail or your system will prompt you to accept the risk.

To add the Spotify repository key, run the commands below

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys BBEBDCB318AD50EC6865090613B00F1FD2C19886 0DF731E45CE24F27EEEB1450EFDC8610341D9410

Step 2: Add Spotify Repository

Now that you have added Spotify repository key, the next step is to add the package repository. To do that run the commands below.

echo deb stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

Step 3: Install Spotify

Now that the repository and its key have been added to Ubuntu the final step is to install Spotify. To do that run the commands below

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Running the commands above will get Spotify installed and ready to use. To launch Spotify, open Applications and search or it, then select to open.

ubuntu spotify client

That’s it!


This post shows students and new users how to install and use Spotify on Ubuntu. Linux version of Spotify comes with no support. You can install it but if anything is wrong with the installation, you’re on your own.

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