HowTo: Raspberry Pi - Use Raspberry Pi with "Raspotify" as a Spotify speaker

In the article RaspberryPi - Install "Shairport" Airplay on the RaspberryPi I have described how you can relatively easily expand your RaspberryPi to include 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 right software and a Spotify Premium account.

Everything you need is described in the following article.

Safety instructions

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Helpful articles:
Before you start with this article you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so that it is accessible via the network and controllable 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 tool:

Required material:

In the following list you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

Log in to the RaspberryPi via SSH

To start, you must first log in to the Rasp Pi with Putty via SSH. How to do this is in the article RaspberryPi - Control the RaspberryPi via SSH described.

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

Set up package source

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

To do this, 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. To do this, enter the following command.

curl -sSL | sudo apt-key add -v –

Once you have 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

In order to retrieve the contents of the now updated package list, you must now enter the following command.

sudo apt update

Once this command has been completed, 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 Raspberry Pi.

sudo apt install -y raspotify

The installation should then run independently.

To start “Raspotify” just enter the following command.

sudo systemctl start raspotify

checking the status

You can then check whether “Raspotify” started successfully using the command line tool “systemctl”.

To view the status of “Raspotify” just enter the following command.

sudo systemctl status raspotify

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

Set up autostart

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

To do this, enter the following command into the console of your Raspberry Pi.

sudo systemctl enable raspotify

Start playback on your mobile phone

Now you can start a first test, because you should now be able to use it without making any further changes to the configuration of “Raspotify”. You can find further setting options for the Raspotify configuration in the next section.

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

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

Customize configuration file

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

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. You can find the corresponding description of each option in the corresponding comment.

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

To do this, simply change the parameter for “DEVICE_NAME” to your desired name.

For example:


Restart Raspotify

After changing the configuration file, you must 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 for you. If not or you have questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments. I will then add this to the article if necessary.
Ideas for new projects are always welcome. 🙂

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