Recently, I created a tiny script called spotify-cli, which allows you to control Spotify on Linux from terminal. It’s inspired by shpotify, which is a shell script doing similar things, but on macOS. My script is written in Python and uses dbus under the hood, which allows to communicate with bus daemon to pass messages between applications. I used pactl for controlling the system sound.
You can install spotify-cli as follows via wget:
sh -c "$(wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pwittchen/spotify-cli-linux/master/install.sh -O -)"
or via curl:
sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pwittchen/spotify-cli-linux/master/install.sh)"
After that, you can just type
spotifycli in your terminal. You can use
spotifycli with the following parameters:
--help, -h shows help --status shows status (currently played song name and artist) --status-short shows status in a short way (cuts currently played song name and artist) --play plays the song --pause pauses the song --playpause plays or pauses the song (toggles a state) --next plays the next song --prev plays the previous song --volumeup increases sound volume --volumedown decreases sound volume
That’s it! Happy listening!
Source code of the project can be found at https://github.com/pwittchen/spotify-cli-linux.