Top 2 Ways to Install Spotify in Linux

Posted by Adam Gorden on 02/07/2018 06:13:22 AM.

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With the launch of Spotify "snap," a universal app package that works across Linux flavors, it's getting much easier for Spotify users to install the top-leading music streaming app on their Linux machines. Once installed, Linux users would be able to enjoy the largest music streaming service and catalog in the Linux ecosystem, the same as other operating systems such as Windows and Mac OSX. The good news is that there are different ways of installing Spotify app in Linux. If you are not familiar with the process to install and play Spotify on Linux, the following review will show you how to do it with two easiest solutions, including installing on Ubuntu and syncing offline Spotify music to Linux.

Method 1. How to Install Spotify in Ubuntu

1) Install Spotify for Ubuntu via Snap

Ubuntu, Debian and Linux distributions with an Ubuntu/Debian base have direct support from Spotify. The following is the complete guide to install Spotify for Ubuntu using snap.

Users of Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10 and 18.04 can install Spotify directly from the Ubuntu Software Center where the snap package is available. If your system doesn't have snap, you can install it using command line as below:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install Spotify Snap app with this command:

sudo snap install spotify

Once installed, you can find the Spotify app in the application menu. Upon starting, it will ask you to log in for the first time.

2) Install Spotify in Ubuntu via Deb Package

Spotify for Linux is also released as a Debian package with which you can install Spotify client in Linux by following the guide below:

To install the desktop client of Spotify, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list'

This will add the above repository in software sources list. Now add the GPG key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 0DF731E45CE24F27EEEB1450EFDC8610341D9410

After the software repo key has been added, your PC will recognize the Spotify server as a secure repository. The next step is to update and install Spotify client.

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

Now simply start Spotify by searching for it Unity Dash (in Ubuntu). It integrates very well in Ubuntu environment.

Method 2. Sync Spotify Music to Play on Linux

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According to Spotify, Spotify for Linux is a labor of love from their engineers that wanted to listen to Spotify on their Linux development machines. The experience may differ from other Spotify Desktop clients, such as Windows and Mac. In other words, the maintenance of Spotify for Linux might not be as frequent as other operating systems. So if you are looking for alternative way to play Spotify songs on Linux, you can follow this method which will download Spotify playlists onto Windows or Mac as MP3 so that you can then transfer the offline songs to play on Linux even without subscribing to the premium plan of Spotify.

The program is called TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify, a smart music downloader for Spotify. With this app, you can download and save any Spotify track in MP3, WAV, AAC, and other common formats. Once downloaded, you can sync those songs to your Linux machine for playback. You can simply download and install the free trial version of this software on Mac or PC and follow the instructions below to easily download Spotify songs for Linux.

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Step 1Add Spotify songs/playlists to TunesKit

Launch TunesKit and it will load Spotify Desktop app automatically. Log into your account and drag any playlist or track from the Spotify interface to TunesKit window.

Step 2Set output parameters

After adding the Spotify songs to TunesKit, click the top menu > Preferences. Then you can select the output format as you like, including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B. You can also change other parameters like audio codec, bit rate, etc.

Step 3Start downloading Spotify music offline

Click the "Convert" button to start extracting and downloading Spotify music to plain format with ID3 tags kept. Once converted, tap the "history" icon to find the downloaded tracks. Then you can easily share those offline songs to Linux to enjoy.


is an amateur writer engaged in Tuneskit in 2013. He is a movie lover who write a lot of movie reviews for many websites and blogs.

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