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Installing on a Raspberry Pi

Timo edited this page Apr 2, 2018 · 4 revisions

This guide will help you to install spotifyd on a Raspberry Pi and have it always running.


  1. Download the latest ARMv6 from (use wget)
  2. Unzip the file: unzip spotifyd-*.zip You will now see a file called spotifyd. You can run it with ./spotifyd

Systemd daemon file

Create a systemd service file and copy the config from into it. Change ExecStart to where you unzipped the spotifyd binary.

sudo nano /etc/systemd/user/spotifyd.service

if you want to run as user instead of root or have some Failed to get D-Bus connection: Connection refused, you define spotifyd.service in your home directory:

mkdir -p ~/.config/systemd/user/
nano ~/.config/systemd/user/spotifyd.service
systemctl --user daemon-reload

Config file

Create your config:

mkdir ~/.config/spotifyd/
nano ~/.config/spotifyd/spotifyd.conf

Input the following data. Change the username, password and the device_name.

username = USER
password = PASS
backend = alsa
device = alsa_audio_device # Given by `aplay -L`
mixer = PCM
volume-control = alsa # or alsa_linear, or softvol
#onevent = command_run_on_playback_event
device_name = name_in_spotify_connect
bitrate = 96|160|320
cache_path = cache_directory
volume-normalisation = true
normalisation-pregain = -10

Start the service

systemctl --user start spotifyd.service

Now see if you can find it in the normal Spotify client (Devices in right bottom corner). Retry the above steps if you can't find it.

Starting spotifyd at boot

systemctl --user enable spotifyd.service

Now spotifyd is always running on the Pi, so you can use it as a listening device remotely!

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