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Installing Spotify on Fedora 13

I’ve recently taken possession of a flashy new workstation running Fedora, and with joy in my heart went to install Spotify on it, only to discover… Noooo… They only offer .deb packages for Debian and Ubuntu.

Thankfully, the solution was easier than I thought. Do all the following as root…

1. Install dpkg, the Debian package management tool:

yum install dpkg

2. Download the base package for your architecture, and the gnome support package, from here:

http://repository.spotify.com/pool/non-free/s/spotify/

3. Create a temp directory, and unpack them there (we want to check for clashes):

mkdir spotify
cd spotify
dpkg -x ../spotify-client-qt_0.4.7.132.g9df34c0-1_amd64.deb .
dpkg -x ../spotify-client-gnome-support_0.4.7.132.g9df34c0-1_all.deb .

4. This gives you a directory tree starting at /usr. You can check for clashes like this:

find -not -type d -exec ls -l /'{}' \;

… and make sure there’s no files found.

5. Then re-extract them into your root partition (hence checking for clashes first):

dpkg -x ../spotify-client-qt_0.4.7.132.g9df34c0-1_amd64.deb /
dpkg -x ../spotify-client-gnome-support_0.4.7.132.g9df34c0-1_all.deb /

6. Finally, we need to manually install qt-x11 as this dependency is needed:

yum install qt-x11

7. Then just type spotify and log in!

Seems pretty stable so far, apart from a couple of minor glitches.

EDIT: As suggested by Tyson Key in this thread, I got rid of the audio glitches by starting the PulseAudio volume control (/usr/bin/pavucontrol) before Spotify. Maybe this adds some buffering or something.

N.B. I take no responsibility if this process damages your computer, your music collection, your hearing or your sanity. Try at your own risk :-)

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{ 18 } Comments

  1. Gaius | September 2, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    This truly IS the year of the Linux desktop!

  2. Andrew | September 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Totally. You’ll see how I put an exclamation mark on the last step, just to demonstrate how straightforward it all was!

    Bish bash bosh.

  3. Lee | September 6, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Works like a charm! Quickly tested and it’s stable.

    Attempted to use some deb to rpm conversion tools for this a while ago but got no where. Awesome work!

    Thanks,

    Lee

  4. Jon Pritchard | September 6, 2010 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Still doesn’t work for free users though does it?

  5. Andrew | September 6, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Haven’t tried with the free version — the adverts drive me nuts!

    But I think you’re right, they haven’t implemented that on Linux at all yet.

  6. Tero | September 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I made script that first starts pavucontrol to the system tray then start Spotify and it will automaticly close pavucontrol after you close Spotify. I have tested it only on Fedora 13 KDE.

    #!/bin/sh
    ksystraycmd –hidden pavucontrol &
    spotify
    ID=`ps -A | grep pavucontrol`
    kill $ID
    exit

  7. Andrew | September 29, 2010 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Nice one Tero. I’m kinda surprised the audio fix still works after you close pavucontrol!

  8. Micke | April 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this, great post. I needed to install qt-webkit as well on a fresh fedora 14.

    /Micke

  9. Bob | August 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Tried this on Fedora 15 running KDE. Worked great. Thanks for the instructions!

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