3 Ways to Install Spotify App on Debian 11 Bullseye

Tutorial to install Spotify on Debian 11 Bullseye using command terminal for streaming music online.

Spotify is one of many Music Streaming Services over the Internet, you can listen to songs via stream legally on your smartphone and PC. Meanwhile, Spotify is also available as an app on many TVs. Thanks to providers such as Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, and Co., the download of music is no longer necessary. The music is streamed over the Internet, i.e. only temporarily cached. On request, however, a download of individual songs is also possible.

Steps to install Spotify client on Debian 11 Bullseye

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There are multiple ways to install Spotify, one is using the APT package manager other is SNAP or Flatpak.

#1st method using the APT package manager

1. Update Debian 11

Go to Applications and open the command terminal. Before moving further, run the system update command to make sure all the installed packages are up to date and force the system to rebuild the repo cache.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Also, install some other common packages:

sudo apt install curl libcanberra-gtk-module curl software-properties-common apt-transport-https gnupg2 debian-keyring -y

2. Add Spotify Repository

Unlike other common applications, Spotify is not available to install using the default system repository of Debian 11 bullseye. Hence, we have to add the one manually, made available by the developers of this music streaming service.

Add GPG Key:

curl -sS https://download.spotify.com/debian/pubkey_5E3C45D7B312C643.gpg | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/spotify.gpg

Add Repo:

echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/spotify.gpg] http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list

Run system update:

To refresh the APT package index cache, run the system update command one more time:

sudo apt update

3. Install Spotify on Debian 11 Bullseye

Now, we have added the source to download and install the Spotify client package on Debian 11. Let’s use the APT package manager and install this music streaming service client on your Linux system.

sudo apt install spotify-client

#2nd method using the SNAP

4. Use Snap to install Spotify App

Another easy-to-use method is to install the Spotify client on Debian 11, however, unlike Ubuntu, we don’t have Snap installed by default on Debian systems. Hence, first, we have to install it manually.

sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install core
sudo snap install spotify

Reboot your system:

sudo reboot

#3rd method using Flatpak

5. Install Flatpak

If all the above-given methods to install Spotify on Debian 11 are not working then use Flatpak. Just like Snap, it is also a universal package manager, however, unlike snap, Flatpak is not on our system by default. Hence, we have to install it manually.

sudo apt install flatpak
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

After adding Flatpak, reboot your to integrate it properly.


6. Get a Spotify client

After setting up the Flatpak, open the command terminal and run the given command to install the Spotify client.

flatpak install flathub com.spotify.Client -y

7. Run the Streaming app on Debian 11

The way to start the application is the same for all the above-given methods. After installing it, go to the Application launcher, there search for Spotify, as its icon appears in the search result, click to launch it.

Install Spotify app on Debian 11 Linux

9. How to update

As per the method you have used to install Spotify, use the corresponding way given here to update your Spotify client to its latest version.

For APT package manager:

Those who have used the official Spotify package repository to install it can use the system update command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

For Snap users:

sudo snad refresh spotify

For Flatpak users:

flatpak update

10. Uninstall Spotify from Debian 11

Well, due to any reason, if you want to uninstall or remove the Spotify client app completely from our Debian 11 system then here are the commands to follow:

For the APT package manager:

sudo apt autoremove --purge spotify-client

To Remove Repo and GPG key as well:

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/spotify.gpg

For Snap:

sudo snap remove spotify

For Flatpak:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data flathub com.spotify.Client -y

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1 thought on “3 Ways to Install Spotify App on Debian 11 Bullseye”

  1. There is no way installing spotify with flatpak on Debian 11.
    With command
    “flatpak install flathub com.spotify.Client -y ”
    I get always
    ” Suchen nach Übereinstimmungen …
    Fehler: Kein Treffer für com.spotify.Client in Gegenstelle flathub ”

    Last of all I merged the two path
    to XDG_DATA_DIRS although I did a restart.
    By the way, I tried the installation on commandline several times over years waiting for updates: no good.
    Mostly libcurl3 is the reason. And the said dependencies in the errortext like libavcodec-ffmpeg56 and the like are all numbered under the ones which are listed in my system as installationobjects. Looks all not up-to-date.


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