We all know by far Spotify application: it is the biggest musical streaming platform of the moment, with at least 50 million users of payment and a catalog more than ample that can satisfy the needs of practically any listener.
Spotify can be found on the major mobile and desktop operating systems in the world, although within the latter their relationships with Linux have not always been good. Now that it seems that at last the waters are back in the water, if you use Linux and want to have the official desktop client we will show you how to get it in the main distros.
Install Spotify on Ubuntu and derivatives
As with many third-party programs, in which it is one of the most popular Linux distributions today, to install Spotify it is necessary to add a PPA. To do this, open the terminal and enter the commands we give you below:
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 –recv-keys BBEBDCB318AD50EC6865090613B00F1FD2C19886
echo deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install spotify-client
Install Spotify on Arch Linux and derivatives
As you all know, the AUR is a large repository of third-party software maintained by users of this distribution. Not only is it available for the main branch ( Arch Linux ), but it also works without problems in derivatives like Manjaro or Antergos.
To install Spotify in this distribution it is necessary that you have installed an AUR package manager, such as pacaur or Yaourt. These are just two examples of programs known as AUR Helpers. In this example we will use Yaourt, but if you want to use another manager you will only have to change the “yaourt” command from the beginning to the name of the manager you use.
To install Spotify on Arch Linux open a terminal and type the following :
yaourt -S spotify
Install Spotify on OpenSUSE
Installing Spotify on OpenSUSE is somewhat more complex. Spotify can only be achieved as a DEB package, and this distro makes use of RPM packages. This makes it necessary to convert the package to the type that uses the distro, which will probably lead to satisfy a good number of dependencies.
Luckily, there is an easier route. The OpenSUSE user community has created installation scripts for this distro, although the experience each user may have with these installation scripts may vary.
Install Spotify on Fedora
As in the previous case, to install Spotify in Fedora there are two options : an unofficial repository or through Flatpak, something that from Fedora Magazine is described as a “format of packaging and distribution of Linux applications agnostic to the distro”. In this example we are going to see the two forms.
If you want to test the unofficial repository, first open a terminal, add it and then install Spotify:
dnf config-manager –add-repo=http://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-spotify.repo
sudo yum -y install spotify-client
If you prefer to try to install it with Flatpak, then copy and paste the following commands into a terminal:
sudo dnf install flatpak flatpak-builder git make ostree -y
flatpak remote-add –from gnome https://sdk.gnome.org/gnome.flatpakrepo
flatpak install gnome org.freedesktop.Platform 1.4
flatpak install gnome org.freedesktop.Sdk 1.4
git clone https://github.com/alexlarsson/spotify-app
flatpak –user remote-add –no-gpg-verify local-spotify repo
flatpak –user install local-spotify com.spotify.Client
And so far our small guide to install Spotify on the main Linux distributions. If you follow the instructions we give you should have no problem to be listening to your music on the platform desktop client on your Linux.