shpotify is a simple Bash/Apple script to control Spotify from the command line on a Mac.
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Download and install the Spotify desktop application if you haven’t already.
The easiest way to install shpotify is by using the Homebrew package manager:
brew install shpotify
If you don’t use Homebrew, you can install the script manually by following a few simple steps:
Fetch a copy of this repository, either with git or download the zip archive.
Navigate to the folder where you fetched the repository (unzip if needed) and make sure the file called
cd shpotify chmod +x spotify
Copy the file
spotifyto a convenient location in your
PATH, or set your
PATHto include the folder where the file is located.
Connecting to Spotify’s API
shpotify needs to connect to Spotify’s API in order to find music by name. It is very likely you want this feature!
To get this to work, you first need to sign up (or into) Spotify’s
developer site and create an Application. Once you’ve
done so, you can find its
Client ID and
Client Secret values and
enter them into your shpotify config file at
Be sure to quote your values and don’t add any extra spaces. When done, it should look like the following (but with your own values):
With shpotify you can control Spotify with the following commands:
spotify play Resumes playback where Spotify last left off. spotify play <song name> Finds a song by name and plays it. spotify play album <album name> Finds an album by name and plays it. spotify play artist <artist name> Finds an artist by name and plays it. spotify play list <playlist name> Finds a playlist by name and plays it. spotify play uri <uri> Play songs from specific uri. spotify next Skips to the next song in a playlist. spotify prev Returns to the previous song in a playlist. spotify replay Replays the current track from the beginning. spotify pos <time> Jump to a specific time (in seconds) in the current song. spotify pause Pauses (or resumes) Spotify playback. spotify stop Stops playback. spotify quit Stops playback and quits Spotify. spotify vol up Increases the volume by 10%. spotify vol down Decreases the volume by 10%. spotify vol <amount> Sets the volume to an amount between 0 and 100. spotify vol [show] Shows the current volume. spotify status Shows the play status, including the current song details. spotify status artist Shows the currently playing artist. spotify status album Shows the currently playing album. spotify status track Shows the currently playing track. spotify share Displays the current song's Spotify URL and URI. spotify share url Displays the current song's Spotify URL and copies it to the clipboard. spotify share uri Displays the current song's Spotify URI and copies it to the clipboard. spotify toggle shuffle Toggles shuffle playback mode. spotify toggle repeat Toggles repeat playback mode.
Authors and contributing
shpotify is primarily written and maintained by Harish Narayanan.
Since it’s an open source project, it contains numerous contributions from many helpful people, including:
- Jorge Colindres
- Thomas Pritchard
- iLan Epstein
- Gabriele Bonetti
- Sean Heller
- Eric Martin
- Peter Fonseca
If you’re interested in contributing too, please consider addressing some of the issues people have previously reported and submitting a pull request. Thank you!
Copyright and license
Copyright (c) 2012–2023 Harish Narayanan.
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:
The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
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