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How to Install Spotify on Ubuntu

Learn the two methods to install the official Spotify client on Ubuntu desktop systems.

Krishna Kumar Silvery

Spotify is my go-to music streaming platform for all devices. On Android, the app works flawlessly.

While you can use the web player in a browser, Spotify has a dedicated application for Linux desktop users.

On Ubuntu, there are two ways to get Spotify:

  • Use snap version of Spotify (can be used from software center)
  • Use Spotify repositories to get the deb version (command line only method)

Both versions work good. I prefer Deb version as I find the Snap version a bit slow to start.

You can use either Spotify package.

Method 1: Install Spotify in Snap format

Spotify is officially available on Snapcraft.

You can easily install Spotify snap version with this single command:

sudo snap install spotify

Or you can access the package through the Ubuntu Software Center.

Open "Software Center" from the system menu. Click the search icon in the top right corner. Type "Spotify" and select the program from the results.

Search for Spotify in Ubuntu App store
Search for Spotify in Ubuntu Software Center

Click the "Install" button and enter the system password when asked.

Install Spotify from Ubuntu software center
Install Spotify

Spotify is installed successfully.

Spotify successfully installed on Ubuntu
Spotify successfully installed

Remove Spotify Snap Version

You have two options to uninstall Spotify Snap version.

First is to go to the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Spotify. On the app page, click the trash can icon at the end to remove it.

Remove Spotify from Ubuntu

Alternatively, use the snap command to remove Spotify.

sudo snap remove spotify

Method 2: Install the deb version of Spotify

This method works on Ubuntu and other Debian Linux distributions.

You need to install Curl command-line tool first to transfer the data from the Spotify server to Ubuntu.

sudo apt install curl

Next, you need to get the GPG key of the Spotify repository and add it to your system. This way your Ubuntu system will trust the packages coming from the Spotify repository. Afterward, you add the repository to your sources.list.

The above three things can be combined into one single command below:

curl -sS | sudo gpg --dearmor --yes -o /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/spotify.gpg echo "deb stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

You have added a new repository to your system. Update the package cache so that your system know about the packages from this new repository.

sudo apt update

Everything is set. Run the Spotify installation command.

sudo apt install spotify-client

Give the terminal a few moments to download and install Spotify. The developers did a praise-worthy job maintaining the user interface familiarity as other desktop-class apps.

Remove Spotify deb package

To remove the Spotify deb package, use the apt remove command:

sudo apt remove spotify-client


Kudos to the Spotify developers for maintaining quality and seamless experience on Ubuntu.

I've been listening to music through Spotify on Linux for three years. I haven't encountered unusual errors or hiccups throughout the years. I'm satisfied with the overall performance and responsiveness of the program.

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