The objective is to install Spotify on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.


  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Other Versions of this Tutorial

Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)


Install from Ubuntu Software

From your desktop menu search and start Ubuntu Software application. Within Ubuntu software search for Spotify and hit Install button and enter your password. Once installed simply click on Launch button to start Spotify application. Be patient as it may take a while before your can see the Spotify window on your screen:

spotify on ubuntu 18.04 bionic - install by using ubuntu software app

Install Spotify as Debian package

If from any reason the first installation method fails you can attempt to install Spotify using apt command. Start by including Spotify's repository into a local apt sources list:
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 4773BD5E130D1D45
$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free"
Once ready install Spotify using the below command:
$ sudo apt install spotify-client

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Install Spotify as Snaps package

This is essentially same installation procedure as using Ubuntu Software application:
$ sudo snap install spotify

Start Spotify

You can start Spotify from command line by executing the following linux command:
$ spotify
Alternatively you can search for Spotify by searching start menu and by clicking on its icon:

spotify on ubuntu 18.04 bionic - start menu

spotify on ubuntu 18.04 bionic - spotify installed
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