HowTo: Raspberry Pi – Use a Raspberry Pi with “Raspotify” as a Spotify speaker

In the article RaspberryPi – Install “Shairport” Airplay-server on the RaspberryPi, I described how you can easily expand your RaspberryPi with the function of an AirPlay speaker.

Thanks to another cool open source project, it is also possible to use your RaspberryPi as a Spotify speaker. All you need is a connected speaker, the appropriate software and a Spotify Premium account.

Everything you need is described in the following article.

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Helpful Articles:
Before you start with this article, you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so that it can be reached via the network and controlled via SSH.

The following three articles describe what needs to be done to prepare the RaspberryPi:
RaspberryPi – Setup for nerdiys!
RaspberryPi – The first configuration!
RaspberryPi – Control the RaspberryPi via SSH

Required tools:
– none –

Required material:

Log in via SSH on the RaspberryPi

To get started, you first need to log in to RasPi with SSH on Putty. How to do it is described in the article

After entering your username and password you can start to enter the first commands.

Set up the paketlist

First you have to prepare the package source of your RaspberryPi.

Install the two packages “transport-https” and “curl” by entering the following command.

sudo apt install -y apt-transport-https curl

Now you first have to add the GPG key of the raspotify repository. Enter the following command to do this.

curl -sSL | sudo apt-key add -v –

Once you’ve done this, you can add the actual repository to the package list. To do this, enter the following command.

echo ‘deb raspotify main’ | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspotify.list

So that the contents of the now updated package list can be collected, you now have to enter the following command.

sudo apt update

If this command has “run through” your package list is updated and “Raspotify” is ready for installation.

It continues in the next paragraph. 🙂

Install Raspotify

The actual installation of “Raspotify” is done quickly thanks to the prepared package list.

To start the installation, simply enter the following command into the console of your RaspberryPi.

sudo apt install -y raspotify

The installation should then run automatically.

To start “Raspotify”, just enter the following command.

sudo systemctl start raspotify

Checking the status of raspotify

You can then use the command line tool “systemctl” to check whether the start of “Raspotify” worked.

To display the status of “Raspotify”, it is sufficient to enter the following command.

sudo systemctl status raspotify

Here you can see now whether “Raspotify” has started or, for example, could not be started.

Set up autostart

So that “Raspotify” starts automatically after restarting your RaspberryPis, you should now activate the autostart.

Enter the following command into the console of your RaspberryPi.

sudo systemctl enable raspotify

Start playback on the phone

Now you can already start a first test, because you should be able to use it without further changes to the configuration of “Raspotify”. Further setting options for the Raspotify configuration can be found in the next section.

To do this, open (for example) your Spotify app on your mobile phone and click on the highlighted symbol in the playback view.

Your RaspberryPi should now be listed in the displayed list. As soon as you have selected this, the audio output from Spotify should be redirected to your Raspotify speaker.

Modify configuration of raspotify

In the “Raspotify” configuration file you can edit various settings such as the name of your Raspotify loudspeaker.

To do this, open the Raspotify configuration file by entering the following command.

sudo nano /etc/default/raspotify

In the file you will find various configuration options. The corresponding description for each option can be found in the associated comment.

Among other things, you can also set the name of your Raspotify speaker here.

Simply change the parameter for “DEVICE_NAME” to your desired name.

For example:


Restart Raspotify

After changing the configuration file, you have to restart Raspotify for the changes to take effect.

You can restart Raspotify by entering the following command.

sudo systemctl restart raspotify

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described. If not or you have any other questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Also, ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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