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Despotify - the open source Spotify client
Source code
The latest version of the source code can be checked out from our Subversion repository
$ svn checkout despotify
The checked out source code contains a number of directories
java/ This is where one of the available Java implementations go
src/ This is where the C based client, library and Python bindings go
web/ This is where the source code for our web site goes (
Build instructions for the simple client and library
You'll need a few libraries to be able to build despotify
If you're running Debian/Ubuntu they can be installed with the following commands
# aptitude install libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libvorbis-dev libtool
# aptitude install libpulse-dev # For pulseaudio backend
# aptitude install libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-dev # For GStreamer backend
# aptitude install libao-dev # For libao backend
If you encounter any problems, ask a friend or ask in the channel
#despotify on EFNet (example EFNet servers:,
1. Goto the directory src/ where the despotify library and client is located
$ cd src
2. Optionial (..because just running make will do this for you otherwise)
- 2.1 Copy to
$ cp
- 2.2 Make local adjustments such as specifying additional path for where
the compiler's linker should look for libraries (modify LDFLAGS)
or install to a different prefix (i.e. /usr/local instead of /usr)
$ nano
3. Run make
$ make
4. Install
$ sudo make install
5. You'll now have a client called 'despotify-simple' and a gateway called 'gateway'
installed under ${INSTALL_PREFIX}/bin (usually this will be /usr/bin)
Also checkout
- Felix Bruns' Java implementation of a Spotify compatible library and GUI client
- Nevyn's Spotify compatible client for the iPhone/iPod platform
- Home of Spotify
Final notes
This project is neither endorsed by nor associated with Spotify :-)