April 15, 2019

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Spotify Connect client for the Raspberry Pi that Just Works

repo name dtcooper/raspotify
repo link https://github.com/dtcooper/raspotify
homepage https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify
language Shell
size (curr.) 9790 kB
stars (curr.) 2201
created 2017-05-23
license MIT License


Spotify Connect client for the Raspberry Pi that Just Works™.


Install the Spotify Connect client on your Raspberry Pi,

curl -sL https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify/install.sh | sh


Raspotify is a Spotify Connect client for Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi that Just Works™. Raspotify is a Debian package and associated repository which thinly wraps the awesome librespot library by Paul Lietar and others. It works out of the box on all three revisions of the Pi, immediately after installation.

Download Latest Version

Head on over to the releases page to download themost recent version and install the Debian package. Or follow the directions below.


Raspotify works on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. You’ll need a Spotify Premium account in order to use Connect.

Raspotify should work on any Pi but it has been tested on,

  • Raspberry Pi (v1) model B
  • Raspberry Pi 2 model B
  • Raspberry Pi 3 model B and B+
  • Raspberry Pi 4

Easy Installation

This command downloads and installs the Debian package and adds its apt repository, which ensures you’ll always be up to date with upstream changes.

curl -sL https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify/install.sh | sh

That’s it! Plug a speaker into your Pi on your local network, select the device in Spotify et voilà!

Hard installation

Essentially, here’s what the easy installer does,

# Install curl and https apt transport
sudo apt-get -y install curl apt-transport-https

# Add repo and its GPG key
curl -sSL https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify/key.asc | sudo apt-key add -v -
echo 'deb https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify raspotify main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspotify.list

# Install package
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install raspotify

Or you can just download the latest .deb package and install it manually from here (raspotify-latest.deb),

wget https://dtcooper.github.io/raspotify/raspotify-latest.deb
sudo dpkg -i raspotify-latest.deb


To uninstall, remove the package,

sudo apt-get remove -y raspotify

To completely remove Raspotify and its Debian repository from your system try,

sudo apt-get remove -y --purge raspotify
sudo rm -v /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspotify.list


Raspotify works out of the box and should be discoverable by Spotify Connect on your local network, however you can configure it by editing /etc/default/raspotify which passes arguments to librespot.

# /etc/default/raspotify -- Arguments/configuration for librespot

# Device name on Spotify Connect

# Bitrate, one of 96 (low quality), 160 (default quality), or 320 (high quality)

# Additional command line arguments for librespot can be set below.
# See `librespot -h` for more info. Make sure whatever arguments you specify
# aren't already covered by other variables in this file. (See the daemon's
# config at `/lib/systemd/system/raspotify.service` for more technical details.)
# To make your device visible on Spotify Connect across the Internet add your
# username and password which can be set via "Set device password", on your
# account settings, use `--username` and `--password`.
# To choose a different output device (ie a USB audio dongle or HDMI audio out),
# use `--device` with something like `--device hw:0,1`. Your mileage may vary.
#OPTIONS="--username <USERNAME> --password <PASSWORD>"

# Uncomment to use a cache for downloaded audio files. Cache is disabled by
# default. It's best to leave this as-is if you want to use it, since
# permissions are properly set on the directory `/var/cache/raspotify'.
#CACHE_ARGS="--cache /var/cache/raspotify"

# By default, the volume normalization is enabled, add alternative volume
# arguments here if you'd like, but these should be fine.
#VOLUME_ARGS="--enable-volume-normalisation --linear-volume --initial-volume=100"

# Backend could be set to pipe here, but it's for very advanced use cases of
# librespot, so you shouldn't need to change this under normal circumstances.
#BACKEND_ARGS="--backend alsa"

After editing restart the daemon by running: sudo systemctl restart raspotify

Building the Package Yourself

All that’s required is Docker on a *nix system with git and Make. It can be built on any amd64 platform that runs docker using Raspberry Pi’s cross-compiler (tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and macOS El Capitan).

git clone https://github.com/dtcooper/raspotify
cd raspotify

There should be a built Debian package (a .deb file) in your project directory.

Note About Raspotify’s APT Repository

You can actually use GitHub to host an APT repository for Raspotify as I have done, but that’s very much out of the scope of this Readme. Have a look at the Makefile’s apt-repo and apt-deploy directives, and its APT_GPG_KEY and APT_GH_PAGES_REPO variables. You’ll at least need this repository cloned on GitHub, GitHub Pages enabled for the gh-pages branch, and a GPG key. I can’t and won’t support any users trying to do this at this time, but have fun and good luck!


My volume on Spotify is 100% and it’s still too quiet!

Have you tried turning the volume up using the command alsamixer?

My Raspberry Pi does not use my USB sound card!

Try to replace the following in the file /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf:

defaults.ctl.card 0
defaults.pcm.card 0


defaults.ctl.card 1
defaults.pcm.card 1

The audio output buzzes a few seconds after audio stops!

This is likely to be ALSA’s Dynamic Audio Power Management (DAPM) shutting down the sound module of your device to save power. If you want to disable this feature, create a file called snd_soc_core.conf in /etc/modprobe.d with this line in:

options snd_soc_core pmdown_time -1

Once you reboot and play some sound, the issue should be gone.

Other issues

File an issue and if we get it sorted, I’ll add to this list.


If you’re so inclined, Bitcoin my address is 1PoDcAStyJoB7zZz2mny4KjtjiEu8S44ns. :)

(I’d rather you donate to librespot instead, but there’s no public address for those folks.)

Final Note

…and remember kids, have fun!


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.


Special thanks to Paul Lietar for librespot (and its additional authors), which Raspotify packages. Without librespot, Raspotify would simply not exist.

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