Raspberry Pi Spotify

Earlier this week, I laid out a range of ways in which one could turn a Raspberry Pi into a network audio streamer that runs – among other things – Spotify Connect. What follows are 12 more thoughts on Raspberry Pi audio streaming that build on the newcomer aim of the video to also apply to Roon or UPnP endpoint roles. Technology Robots Arduino Actuators TV Lifts Linear Slides Effective Sign up now!

  1. Raspberry Pi Spotify Touchscreen
  2. Raspberry Pi Spotify Player
  3. Raspberry Pi Spotify Streamer

Today we are writing about the iconic music player Spotify and how to run it on Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. Spotify is available on many platforms but not on Raspberry Pi :(. During the past month, we were working hard on the performance tuning of ExaGear Desktop and made it happen! You can even use Spotify Connect on Raspberry Pi and control the music from any of your devices.

In this post, we will tell you how to run Spotify on RPi 2 and RPi 3 using ExaGear Desktop which allows to run x86 apps on ARM mini PCs. And you would probably also love to know that with ExaGear Desktop you’ll be able to use more of your favorite apps, like Skype, Telegram, and many others, o your Raspberry Pi.We adapted the installation instruction from the official Spotify website. Note that currently, Spotify for Linux works with Ubuntu 14.04. Below is a simple instruction on how to install guest x86 Ubuntu 14.04 and run Spotify on your RPi 2.

Raspberry Pi test stand configuration



Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Raspberry Pi 3


1000 MHz

1200 MHz




Operating System

Raspbian Jessie from November 2015

Raspbian Jessie from May 2016


Spotify for Linux

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 2 v1.4

Spotify for Linux

Eltechs ExaGear Desktop for Raspberry Pi 3 v1.5

Spotify installation instruction

Install ExaGear Desktop

1. Download ExaGear Desktop archive with installation packages and license key. Open Terminal (command line) and unpack the downloaded archive using the following command:

2. Please note that you need to install guest x86 Ubuntu 14.04 image as Spotify can run with the guest Ubuntu only. Therefore run install-exagear.sh script with the following option in a directory with deb packages and one license key:

Launch guest x86 system

3. Enter the guest x86 system by using the following command:

4. Now you are in the x86 environment that can be checked by running the ‘arch’ command:

5. It is recommended to update apt-get repositories on the first launch of the guest system:

Install Spotify

6. Add the Spotify repository signing key to be able to verify the downloaded packages:

7. Add the Spotify repository:

8. Update list of available packages: Job completed invoice attached.

9. Install Spotify:

Raspberry Pi Spotify Touchscreen

Run Spotify

Now just run Spotify from the Start menu to play your favorite music

Final notes

We hope that every owner of Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 will now enjoy listening to his/her favorite music with Spotify on his/her device! Would you like to run Netflix next?

Raspberry Pi Spotify Player

It is also worth noting that with ExaGear Desktop you can run other x86 apps on Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based devices such as Odroid, Banana Pi, Beagleboard, Cubox, Jetson, Cubieboard etc.

Raspberry Pi Spotify Streamer

Please note that running Spotify on Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero is not possible because of lack of NEON support in the hardware of these devices.

the original article is Run Spotify on Raspberry Pi (on our blog)