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While Spotify does offer instructions for using Spotify with Wine, they’re a little complicated.  But there’s an easier way.

Get PlayOnLinux

The first thing you’re going to need to do is install PlayOnLinux PlayOnLinux Brings Windows Games & Programs To Linux PlayOnLinux Brings Windows Games & Programs To Linux Read More , which brings Windows games and Software to Linux. You’ll find downloads for just about every Linux distro out there on the PlayOnLinux download page. Once you’ve got PlayOnLinux installed, fire it up. The software will install the Microsoft fonts and update its software list; give it time to do so.

Run The Spotify Installer

All done? Good. Click the “+” icon in the toolbar to get started installing software. You’ll find Spotify under “Multimedia“:

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Double-click Spotify to start the installation process. A wizard will open:

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This wizard will download and configure a version of Wine known to work with Spotify, then download and start the Spotify installer. It’s a real time saver, isn’t it?

Once Wine is set up properly for Spotify, you will see the Spotify for Windows installer:

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Go through this process as you normally would, although I would perhaps recommend not letting it add an icon to your desktop. PlayOnLinux will give you a less messy way to do so once the installer is done.

Assuming everything went well, you should have Spotify on your computer now. Launch it from PlayOnLinux, or from the menu if you added a shortcut.

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You can now explore a staggering amount of music. Enjoy!

Get Local File Playback Working

Streaming music works out of the box, but your local files will not play nicely with Wine and Spotify. There’s a fix for this, but it requires some command line magic.

Local file playback isn’t essential to Spotify; the program’s real appeal is its vast streaming offerings. Still, you might want to get this working. Read Webupd8’s helpful tips for getting Spotify local file playback working in Wine. You’ll find a script to to run in the terminal that will fix everything, and a few other fixes besides.

Alternative Linux Clients For Spotify Subscribers

Please note that only non-subscribers need to go through all of this trouble. Paid Spotify users can use the official Linux client.

That’s not all paid users have access to, however. There are a variety of open source Spotify clients out there, but all of them only work with paid accounts. Despotify, a command line client, may be particularly appealing to Linux users:

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For most people, though, the Wine fix we’ve explored will work. It’s all I’m using, and I’m really enjoying Spotify so far.

Do you have any other tips for would-be Linux Spotify users? If so, leave them in the comments below!

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  1. jerry
    May 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

    After following the instructions I get an "Error! Files mismatch" message... What'd I do wrong?

  2. Scott Ross
    September 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    +1 for using Carbon Leaf in your demonstration.

  3. Georgebutcher
    September 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hi, after i log into spotify it loads up the welcome screen no problem, but immediately crashes and has to close displaying the message "The program spotify.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience. This can be caused by a problem in the program or a deficiency in wine" I've attached a screen-shot.

    Any ideas?

    • jhpot
      September 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I'm sorry, I don't have any ideas about that. Which distro are you using? You could perhaps ask for help over at your distro's forums. 

      • Georgebutcher
        September 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

        Ah, i've worked it out now. When I logged on last, in windows, i'd enabled facebook. Since facebook doesn't work in wine spotify, it immediately crashed. I disabled spotify/facebook interaction via my facebook page and it now works :) Thanks for trying though!

        • Tina
          September 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

          Thanks for the update, George!

  4. jhpot
    August 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Unfortunately Wine isn't perfect. I'd suggest going online directly to connect Spotify for Facebook.

    As for staring, I cannot say because I don't use stars really. Sorry!

  5. Ummyssalu
    August 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Do you know there is a native spotify client available as a preview ?

    Check this page:

    Going there: and searching you will also find an RPM for fedora.

    • jhpot
      August 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I mentioned this above, but it only works if you have a paid account.

  6. Trevor Lenten
    July 29, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Thank you. I have not been able to try spotify since I got my invite a couple weeks ago. I tried everything to get it running but to no avail, this worked first try.

  7. Lisa
    July 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Are you reading my mind?  I just got my Spotify invite today and was thinking about how I was going get it going on Ubuntu 11.04.  Its nice to see a solution that doesn't require Wine. Thanks!

    • Anders Jackson
      July 29, 2011 at 2:25 am

      This is a Wine solution.  PlayOnLinux is a frontend to Wine.

      By the way, Spotify check that the client works with Wine.  I like that (compared to most other that doesn't care, even of Wine).

      • Lisa
        July 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

        Ooops! My bad! Thanks for the correction! :)  This is what I love about Ubuntu: I learn 17 new things about it every day!


  8. faasie
    July 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Nice post. Spotify actually has pretty good instructions on their site about using Wine but this is a nice alternative.

    Love that you have Carbon Leaf playing in your screenshot! Very underrated band!