How to Install Spotify in Linux


Spotify is one of the must-have subscription-based services for music lovers, so it only makes sense it should be available on all platforms. Whereas Windows users have no problem installing the app, Linux users need to apply some brain power to install Spotify on their machines. Here are a couple of tips you may find useful.

To install Spotify on:

  • Ubuntu/Linux Mint machines

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

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install spotify-client
  • Arch Linux/Manjaro

Spotify is available in the AUR of Arch Linux and Manajro computers.

yaourt -S spotify
  • Gentoo

Overall, the process is fairly simple.

sudo emerge --ask media-sound/spotify

Depending on your build, you would have to different USE flags:

gnome <— adds GNOME support

pax_kernel <— Triggers a paxmarking of the main Spotify binary

pulseaudio <— Add support for PulseAudio

  • OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE is a little less straightforward than the other flavors when it comes to Spotify installation. Spotify is available as a .DEB file, but OpenSUSE reads .RPM files. So, the first way of installing Spotify would be to convert .DEB to .RPM, which is not the easiest path. The easiest path would be to install the community-created build.

  • Fedora

Fedora, too, relies on RPM, so you would either have to use the unofficial builds, or Flatpak

If you choose Flatpak

sudo dnf install flatpak flatpak-builder git make ostree -y

flatpak remote-add --from gnome

flatpak install gnome org.freedesktop.Platform 1.4

flatpak install gnome org.freedesktop.Sdk 1.4

git clone

cd spotify-app


flatpak --user remote-add --no-gpg-verify local-spotify repo

flatpak --user install local-spotify com.spotify.Client

If you choose to use the unofficial repository, add the repository first:

dnf config-manager --add-repo=

You are ready to install Spotify:

sudo yum -y install spotify-client

Hope this helps! Even though it is not as simple and straightforward as clicking “install” in Windows, most GNU/Linux flavors allow you to install Spotify and enjoy your digital music your way!