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Ole Jon Bjørkum edited this page Jul 11, 2019 · 210 revisions

Downgrade Spotify

Here is how to downgrade Spotify for Linux to the latest 0.9 version. This is recommended for users who do NOT have Spotify Premium, for now.

  • The latest 0.9 version is stable, works successfully on a clean and updated Ubuntu 18.04 64-bit installation as long as you follow the guide below
  • Works well with SpotCommander
  • Supports Spotify Connect

See the wiki pages for Arch Linux, Fedora or openSUSE if you use one of those distributions.

1. Uninstall current version

  1. Open a terminal as the user running Spotify and run this command:
sudo apt-get -y purge spotify-client && rm -r ~/.config/spotify && rm -r ~/.cache/spotify

2. Disable auto-updating

  1. Run the program Software & Updates
  2. Go to Other Software and Uncheck the Spotify repository

3. Install

64-bit only for now. I will see if I can get the 32-bit guide back again by repackaging as done with the 64-bit version.


  1. Open a terminal in your Downloads folder and run these commands:
sudo wget -O /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
sudo dpkg --force-depends -i spotify-client-0.9.17.deb
sudo apt install -f
  • This does not overwrite any system files. The only file needed that is not included in Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04,, has been extracted from the libgcrypt11 package in the Ubuntu 14.04 Updates Repository
  • The spotify-client-0.9.17.deb package is simply a rebuilt package of the package found in the official Spotify repository here. It is basically a more modern version of the package, as little has happened since they started to package it for Ubuntu 12.04. This version is nothing more than changes to the control file to include all needed dependencies today, and more proper information from the Spotify 1.0 package, like the license

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