How to Install Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux

Spotify is a digital music streaming service with both free and paid features. It is the world’s largest music streaming service provider, with over 381 million monthly active users, including 172 million paying subscribers, as of September 2021. Spotify can give you instant access to a vast online library of music and podcasts, which is very popular as you can listen to the content of your choice whenever you feel like it.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux. The tutorial will use the command line terminal with yay AUR helper, ideally most users may be using some wrapper for Pacman, for new users, it is essential to install one to keep your packages up-to-date while you learn Arch/Manjaro.

Update Manjaro

Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.

sudo pacman -Syu

Install yay Helper

To begin the installation, you must have GIT installed to import the yay repository to install/build. From your command terminal, use the following code to begin the installation.

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm base-devel git

Now clone the yay archive using the following terminal command.

git clone

Next, move the archive to the /OPT/ directory. This is a good location for any other archive installs, keep everything located, and traditionally the location is a commonly used area for different applications.

sudo mv yay-git /opt/

Now navigate to the yay-git directory location.

cd /opt/yay-git

Build the package using the makepkg command.

makepkg -si

Install Spotify

Now that you have installed the package management helper, you can install Spotify using the following command.

yay -S spotify

This command will bring up the Spotify choices of installations.


How to Install Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux

The default installation choice is stable, which is labeled default 1. For users that wish to install Spotify without any prompts, use the following command.

sudo yay -S spotify --noconfirm

Remove --noconfirm to manually go through the installation questions instead of selecting the default answers.

For users wanting the dev version and want to skip the questions, you would use the following.

sudo yay -S spotify-dev --noconfirm

Please note you may need to reboot your PC after the installation if you launch Spotify for the first time and the program does not open or respond well.

Launch Spotify

Now that you have completed the installation launching, it can be done in a few ways.

Using the command line terminal, you can open the software quickly by using the following command.


Alternatively, run the spotify command in the background to free up the terminal:

spotify &

The best way to use Spotify for desktop users that prefer not using the command line terminal is to open the GUI of the application by following the path: Taskbar > Multimedia > Spotify.


How to Install Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux

Once open, you will see a default sign or create an account, log in, and you will arrive at your Spotify desktop application.


How to Install Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux

Congratulations, you have installed the Spotify client.

How to Update Spotify

To check for updates using the command line, use the following command to allow a blanket check for any updates across all packages.

yay -Syu --devel --timeupdate

How to Remove (Uninstall) Spotify

When you no longer want the software installed on your system, use the following command to remove it.

yay -Rns spotify

Optionally, you can run the following command to clean up any leftover unused dependencies, and this is highly recommended to run, so your system does not become bloated.

yay -Yc

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install yay AUR helper quickly and install, maintain, and, if so, remove Spotify on Manjaro 21 Linux series.

If you are looking for the best experience when listening to Spotify, installing the client is highly recommended. This application not only has better performance and looks but also will keep your browser open, so there is no need to constantly close it out or lose track of where you left off on whatever song!


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