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spotify_web is an evented Spotify Web API for Ruby.







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SpotifyWeb makes it dead-simple to interact with the unofficial Spotify Web API. It is an opinionated library that attempts to hide the various complexities of the Spotify API by providing a clean design around how data is accessed and organized.

This project was built from the ground-up by Rubyists for Rubyists. While prior projects in other languages were used for guidance on some of the implementation, the design is meant to take advantage of the various features offered by Ruby 1.9+.

At a high level, this project features:

  • Evented, non-blocking I/O
  • Fiber-aware, untangled callbacks
  • Interactive console support
  • Clean, object-oriented APIs
  • Detailed API documentation
  • Lazy-loaded attributes
  • Auto-reconnects for bots
  • Consistent API / attribute naming schemes
  • DSL syntax support

SpotifyWeb features include access to / management of:

  • User playlists
  • Artist / Album / Song metadata
  • Others to be added...

Examples of the usage patterns for some of the above features are shown below. You can find much more detailed documentation in the actual API.



Below is an example of some of the features offered by this API:

require 'spotify_web'

  client =, PASSWORD)
  # Events
  client.on :session_authenticated do
    # ...

  # Authorized user interactions
  user = client.user                                # => #<SpotifyWeb::AuthorizedUser @username="benzelano" ...>

  # Playlist interaction
  user.playlists                                    # => [#<SpotifyWeb::Playlist @uri="hm://playlist/user/..." ...>, ...]
  user.playlist(:starred).songs.each do

The example above is just a very, very small subset of the possible things you can do with spotify_web. For a complete list, see the API documentation, especially:

For additional examples, see the examples directory in the repository.

Additional Topics

Differences with existing libraries

So you may be asking "Why re-build this in Ruby when you have a stable Javascript project?" There are two main reasons. First, one of the projects that need this was in Ruby and preferred to have a Ruby interface to the APi. Second, I felt that many of the high-level details highlighted in the Description section of this document were missing in existing libraries.

Some of those details include untangled callbacks, object-oriented APIs, external API consistency, auto lazy-loading, etc. This library also strives to be a complete implementation and easy to use / play around with.

By no means does this discredit the significance and usefulness of the other libraries -- they all have a user and all provided the foundation necessary to build out this project.


spotify_web authenticates users with the username and password associated with their account. For example: do
  client =, PASSWORD)
  # ...

Interactive Console

Typically it's difficult to debug or run simple tests within IRB when using EventMachine. However, spotify_web provides a few simple ways to do this so that you can play around with the API interactively.

For example:

1.9.3-p286 :001 > require 'spotify_web'
=> true
1.9.3-p286 :002 > SpotifyWeb.interactive
=> true
1.9.3-p286 :003 > client = nil
=> nil
1.9.3-p286 :004 > do
1.9.3-p286 :005 >   client =, PASSWORD)
1.9.3-p286 :006 > end
=> nil

# later on...
1.9.3-p286 :008 > { puts client.playlists.inspect }
=> nil
[#<SpotifyWeb::Playlist:0xa0c7da8 @uri="...">, #<SpotifyWeb::Playlist:0xa0c7bf0 @uri="...">]

In this example, an instance of SpotifyWeb::Client is created and tracked in the console. Later on, we can then run a command on that client by evaluating it within a block.

DSL syntax

spotify_web has basic support for a DSL language in order to simplify some of the scripts you may be writing. The DSL is essentially made available by executing blocks within the context of a SpotifyWeb::Client instance.

There are two ways to do this:

# Using the shortcut:, PASSWORD) do
  playlists.each do
    # ...
  on :session_authenticated do
    # ...

# Passing a block into SpotifyWeb::Client: do, PASSWORD) do
    playlists.each do
      # ...
    on :session_authenticated do
      # ...

Note that you will likely not want to use the first example (using the shortcut) when running in the context of a web request in a web server, simply because it will start a new Fiber.

The equivalent, non-DSL example looks like so: do
  client =, PASSWORD)
  client.playlists.each do
    # ...
  client.on :session_authenticated do
    # ...

Notice that in this example the syntax is essentially the same except that we're one level out and need to interact directly with the SpotifyWeb::Client instance itself.


Web Server Usage

You'll notice that in many places in the documentation, is used to start running a block of code for interacting with the API. This is done in order to ensure that the block of code is being run with a running EventMachine and within a non-root Fiber.

When spotify_web is being used as part of a web server or anything else that's already running EventMachine and already executing code within a non-root Fiber (such as the rainbows web server) you should not using the run API. Instead you can just run your block like normal:

client =, PASSWORD)
playlists = client.user.playlists
# ...

Persistent Usage

If you're using spotify_web for persistence, long-lived usage, the primary thing to keep in mind is how to handle connection loss. This can occur as a result of a lost internet connection or even just Spotify forcefully closing a socket for unknown reasons. To protect against this, you can configure spotify_web to automatically keep attempting to re-open a connection when it's been closed.

For example:, PASSWORD, :reconnect => true, :reconnect_wait => 60) do
  # ...

In this example, spotify_web will automatically attempt to reconnect if the socket is ever closed by reasons other than you closing it yourself. However, rather than constantly trying to hit Spotify's servers you can configure a reconnect wait timeout that will cause spotify_web to wait a certain number of seconds before attempting to open a connection. This will continue to happen until the connection is successful.


To run the core test suite:

bundle install
bundle exec rspec


The following caveats should be noted when using spotify_web:

  • Since this library uses EventMachine / Fibers it will only be compatible with web servers that support those technologies. Examples of such web servers include:
  • This is not an official library and so Spotify may make changes to its API that causes this to break. Hopefully we can build a community that can quickly react and provide fixes to those changes.

Things to do

  • Add test coverage
  • 100% complete Spotify Web API implementation


The largest contribution for this library is the reference material provided by Nathan Rajlich's node-spotify-web and Hexxeh's spotify-websocket-api libraries. They provided much of the legwork to get understand how Spotify's Web API works and made it much easier to bring a Ruby perspective to it.


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