Install Spotify In Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 & Linux Mint 17

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Spotify is the most popular streaming music service these days. While you can listen it via its web interface, you can also install a desktop client of Spotify in Linux. This gives you some additional features such as listening to local music in Spotify, sync local music to Spotify server or sync local music to iPhone, iPod or other mobile devices.

In this quick post, we shall see how to quickly install Spotify in Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and other Debian based distributions such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Bodhi etc.

Install Spotify in Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 & Linux Mint 17

To install desktop client of Spotufy, 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 94558F59

Next is simple. Update and install Spotify client.

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

That’s all you need to do. Next you can start Spotify by searching for it Unity Dash (in Ubuntu). It integrates very well in Ubuntu environment. Here is what Spotify interface looks like in Ubuntu 14.04:

Installing Spotify in Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint

I hope this quick post helped you to install Spotify desktop client in Ubuntu and other Linux OS. I think this could be counted as one of the first few things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04. How do you find it? Do you use any other service similar to Spotify? Do share your views.

If Spotify is not available in your country, you can use a DNS service such as Unlocator to access restricted contents in your country including Spotify, Netflix Hulu etc.

  • dexi

    I wonder when they are going to update the Spotify for Linux. I don’t think there is any similar service for linux.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      This is one of the question which I would like to ask Spotify team. It’s been over 2 years since the Spotify Linux client is in “experimental phase”.

      • suinjato

        at least it works guys ..

  • Nathaniel Webb

    Might want to show people how to add Spotify’s public key so they don’t wonder why aptitude gripes at them about not having keys after future sudo apt-get updates :)

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  • matias59

    Just 90 minutes ago i installed brand new version of Linux Mint 17. I got to install this application for my son too. Have always worked pretty fine with Mint.

  • asdasd

    My problem is that spotify won’t start. I’ve tried to reinstall spotify but it does not seem to help. Any ideas?

  • Floyd

    I tried this, but got a ‘permission denied’ message after the first step. Nice to meet another Agatha Christie fan!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Floyd,
      +1 for being Agatha Christie fan.

      It seems to be a permission issue. Did you use sudo? You can graphically edit the file with sudo permission. Let me know if it works out for you or if you need more help.

  • kame

    Thanks for the guide. Worked perfectly on a Mint 17 cinnamon laptop and on Mint 13 cinnamon on an older desktop. Great and helpful website overall, too.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Kame.

  • karthik

    I am in India and spotify client doesn’t work. Is there anything I can do?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You can use a different DNS which allows you to access Spotify.

  • Julio Huenul

    Perfect, I just installed linux mint 17, look for info to install spotify and sounds pristine. I’m in Concepcion, Chile.

  • jimi

    thank you very much for your help!

    as a newbie in Linux Mint, i have quite a few problems getting used to it, but your text is extremely comprehensible.


  • TimTim74

    Excellent!!! Thanks.

  • James Owen

    Thanks great tip! was trying to run spotify on wine, was a disaster! Installed preview and now I can actually listen to my music while working without crashing my system after 2 or 3 songs. 2 thumbs up!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome James

  • blackandwhiteohana

    unable to located package spotify-client

    • Abhishek Prakash

      This means it’s not been added to sources list

  • Mangnoppa

    After first start and login in Spotify I had to restart the Client to load properly. Running Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca. But everything works fine. Thank you very much.

    • Abhishek Prakash


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  • Dede Kurniawan

    Spotify is not available in your country
    How to solve this?

  • Filipe Figueiredo

    Worked perfectly on Mint 17.1 with Mate, thank you very much!

  • yolla

    Thanks man! Listening to music atm on my Ubuntu PC thanks to you :)

  • Daniel B.

    Thanks, brother. Works like a champ! (I’m using Ubuntu 14.04.2 64-bits)

    Regards from Mexico (:

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