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a command line interface to Spotify on Linux

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A command line interface to Spotify on Linux.

This project is inspired by the similar project called shpotify, which does similar things, but on macOS. It should be simple and follow the Unix philosophy.


pip install spotify-cli-linux

hint: if you encounter problems during installation, try to call command with sudo


pip install spotify-cli-linux --upgrade

hint: if you enconunter problems during upgrade, try to call command with sudo


start the official Spotify desktop app

run the following command from your terminal:


use one of the following parameters:

-h, --help        show this help message and exit
--version         shows version number
--status          shows song name and artist
--statusshort     shows status in a short way
--song            shows the song name
--songshort       shows the song name in a short way
--artist          shows artists name
--artistshort     shows artist name in a short way
--album           shows album name
--arturl          shows album image url
--lyrics          shows lyrics for the song playing
--playbackstatus  shows playback status
--play            plays the song
--pause           pauses the song
--playpause       plays or pauses the song (toggles a state)
--next            plays the next song
--prev            plays the previous song
--client CLIENT   sets client's dbus name

if you don't use any parameters, you'll enter the shell mode, where you'll be able to use all commands mentioned above

solving problems


When you've seen the following error:

No module named dbus

Then try to install python-dbus! On Ubuntu you can do it as follows:

sudo apt-get install python-dbus

If you are using another distro, then try to install python-dbus with your package manager.


When, you're missing lyricwikia dependency, run the following command:

pip install lyricwikia

usage with tmux

If you want to use this script in your tmux panel, you can check tmux-plugin-spotify.


to install necessary tools for code formatting, static code analysis and releasing, run:

make requirements

code formatting

Source code should be formatted according to PEP8 style guides.

To format code, run:

make format

to verify code formatting, type:

make checkformat

static code analysis

To run static code analysis, execute:

make lint


to update docs on gh-pages, type:

make docs

to run docs locally, type:

git checkout gh-pages && ./

and view page with docs at:

view it on-line at


configure your ~/.pypirc file as follows:

index-servers =

then, update version in spotifycli/ and spotifycli/ and type:

make release

note: Version is not kept in a single file due to problems with importing files within another file and distributing them to PyPi. There are also Python vesion issues. If you know how to fix this issue properly to keep version in one place, I'd be happy to review your PR :-).

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