How to Install Spotify on Debian, Ubuntu, Elementary OS

This tutorial will show you how to install Spotify music player client on Debian, Ubuntu, and Elementary OS.

Install Spotify Stable on Ubuntu and Debian

First, use apt-key to import Spotify signing key to your apt keyring so apt can verify the integrity of downloaded Spotify packages.

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

Install Spotify Stable on Ubuntu

Then add Spotify stable repository by running this command:

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

tee will create a new source file spotify.list under /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory and then append deb stable non-free to this file.

Now update the local package index and install the Spotify client on Ubuntu and Debian.

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

If your Ubuntu system has installed a previous version of Spotify, then the above command will upgrade it.


There are no menu bar in the upper-left corner now. The settings are moved to the arrow drop-down menu on the upper-right corner.

Install Spotify Stable on Ubuntu

An arrow will reveal when your mouse hover over the upper-right corner of the cover. The cover will shrink down if you click it.

Install Spotify Stable on Ubuntu

Click the LYRICS button and the lyrics for the current playing song will appear in the middle. You can also enable full lyrics.

Install Spotify Stable on Ubuntu

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