Spotify is the king of music streaming. Every day tens of millions of users listen to thousands of tracks using it through a variety of different ways.

There are mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry; a beta web-based player for browser-bound users; and dedicated desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux.

It’s the latter of these choices that this guide will show you how to install.

How to Install Spotify in Ubuntu

Article updated January 2016.

Spotify for Linux Preview can be installed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS straight from the Spotify repository. This method is the recommended way to install the player as it allows you to get automatic upgrades to new releases of Spotify through Ubuntu’s Software Updater/Update Manager tool.

To add it you first need to open the Software Sources app via the Unity Dash:

software sources unity

Select the ‘Other Software’ tab in Software Sources [1]


Click ‘Add’ [2] and paste the following the entry field of the box that appears:

deb stable non-free

Click ‘Add Source’ [3] to confirm the change, then close Software Sources.

Add The Spotify Repository Key

The next step is to add the repository key. This allows Ubuntu to verify that packages installed from the repository are made by who they say they are.

Open a new Terminal window, paste the following command, and then hit return/enter:

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


That’s that! You can now install Spotify through the Ubuntu Software Center (after checking for new software updates first) or by running the following command in the Terminal window:

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

Once installed you can launch Spotify from the Unity Dash.

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