Spotify on Slackware 13.37 Linux

I’m a big Spotify fan, I have a paid account over there and enjoy the service. One minor annoyance however has been running the client on my machine. I did run it in wine for a small period of time but eventually switched entirely to using it on Android. This morning I got fed up with that and decided to get the native beta working on my Slackware 13.37 laptop.

The Install

First we’re going to jump over onto the repo and grab the .deb binary for the beta:


Now we’ll extract the files from that deb with the ar command:

ar vx spotify-client-qt_0.6.2.291.gcccc1f5.116-1_i386.deb

Now you should see a file named data.tar.gz, this contains everything we’re interested in, lets extract that:

tar -xzvf data.tar.gz

Now all we need to do is move the binary and theme files to the correct locations on the system:

cp bin/spotify /usr/bin/ cp -R share/spotify /usr/share

Yes we could just copy the entire directory to /usr, but we don’t need everything in there, this keeps it more clean.

That’s it, really, now just run the spotify command:


You’re good to go. You’ll probably notice a couple of dependency errors on the execution of the command but nothing that will stop it from launching. Enjoy.