Getting Spotify on Linux and Ubuntu

Earlier this year, my computer quit on me for unknown reasons. All I know is that it’s overheated somehow. Kåre, a friend of mine, was kind enough to hand-me-down his old HP-laptop. It doesn’t run much unfortunately but after installing Ubuntu on the machine it runs a lot better than with Windows XP which came installed on it.

Fast forward, I got Spotify working on my Ubuntu partition today and I’m up and streaming some tunes at the moment and it all seems to be working flawlessly. I’ll try to explain as easy as I can, I am a noob when it comes to Linux, but I’m constantly learning.

If you’re interested in getting access to Spotify on Linux and Ubuntu just follow this handy guide’s five easy steps:

  1. Add the line below to your list of repositories by editing your “/etc/apt/sources.list” or if you prefer the GUI approach; you can also do this by opening Ubuntu Software Center, aka the “Ubuntu Marketplace” or “Ubuntu App Store” and going up to the Edit > Software Sources, in the new window that pops up click the “Other Software” tab and click the “Add…” button and add the line below:
    deb stable non-free
  2. If you want to verify the downloaded packages, you will need to add Spotify’s public key, open up “Terminal” (CTRL-ALT-T if you want to impress the ladies) and type this in:
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59
  3. Run an apt-get update:
    sudo apt-get update
  4. Install Spotify
    sudo apt-get install spotify-client
  5. Exit the terminal

Click the Ubuntu logo in your taskbar and search for Spotify, if you followed the instructions above, you should be able to hopefully launch Spotify :) I’m not sure how long Spotify will keep this up, not that there’s anything wrong with installing Spotify on Linux, but probably when they release an officially supported version they might take this down and replace it with their official installer instead.


  • Arturis

    Worked like a charm!

    • Adde