The Quickest Way to Install Spotify Client in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

Want to install Spotify Client in Ubuntu easily? Well, this brief tutorial is going to show you how to do it. If you’re reading this post then you probably already know what Spotify is, so I am going to spare you the details and show you the quickest way to install it in Ubuntu. Step one shows you how to add Spotify repository key. Two shows you how to add Spotify software repository and the last shows you how to install Spotify Client.

Without wasting anymore of your time, let’s get going.


    • Install Spotify Linux Client in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
    • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add Spotify’s repository key.

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sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 4E9CFF4E




Next, copy and paste the line below to add Spotify’s repository.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'




Finally, run the commands below to install Spotify.

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







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30 thoughts on “The Quickest Way to Install Spotify Client in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)”

  1. Quickest way indeed. Added this site to my favorites right away while I am a newbee as user of Ubuntu / Linux. Already learned a lot using the sudo commands (for example how to copy and paste … ).

  2. Hi, unfortunately for me this program works for me only 5 sec, then it crash and don’t want start again. I think it is not ready yet to use on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

    Best Regards

  3. Thanks! i have installed spotify a dozen times by manually editing sources.list and searching for a gpg key via google and whatnot, this was so much faster. you are a life saver!

  4. Tried this but after a while of terminal spitting out lines of text like it is downloading and installing it just says: “E: Unable to locate package spotify-client-qt”

  5. I had originally installed this via PlayOnLinux and it stopped working all of a sudden. I looked up possible solutions and found this site. Your install worked perfectly for me. Thanks!

  6. I installed as is described above. In dash home I see the icon spotify. But when I click on the icon nothing happens.
    I use:
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with kernel 3.2.0-52- generic.
    Somebody any idee?

  7. I’m on the verge of throwing my netbook out the window (Ubuntu 12.4) and going back to a big clunking desktop that has an old version of Windows on it. Ubuntu and Linux have their own language, everything is foriegn to me, I understand absolutely nothing and I am not just another dumb blonde! I used to repair pcs back in the day (before the internet and wifi happened lol) This Ubuntu OS is beyond me. Do you have a post or a link you can direct me to that explains the terminology I need to know in order to install Spotify for Ubuntu? Please?
    Thank you for your time

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