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Spotify AdBlock On Linux

BlockTheSpot but for Linux. Now block ads and get premium features (minus downloads) on Spotify for Linux.

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Anjan Nair
·Aug 10, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Pre-requisites
  • Installation
  • Caveats

Spotify's ad blocking version is available all the way from Android to Windows but for Linux a special repository exists just for this purpose.

Pre-requisites

  1. Install Spotify for your Linux distro by going to the official site of Spotify and not installing the package using Snap but using the Debian package installation.
  2. Download Git from here.
  3. Make may already be installed on your device but you can install it using sudo apt-get install build-essential to be on the safe side.
  4. Install Rust using the following command - curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh

That's about it!

Installation

To finally install the adblocked version run the following commands on your terminal -

git clone https://github.com/abba23/spotify-adblock.git
cd spotify-adblock
make

Finally run - sudo make install

To test if it works run this command - LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/spotify-adblock.so spotify

This should now launch Spotify with the adblocked version!

Creating a desktop file

If you run Spotify installed by you, you will notice the ads aren't blocked unless you run the command above on the terminal. To solve this issue a small hack exists.

  • Fire up your terminal and change your directory on the terminal - cd ~/.local/share/applications
  • You now need to create a desktop file in order to get the application in your menu. Create the file and edit it by using - nano spotify-adblock.desktop
  • In the editing space copy paste the following code:
      [Desktop Entry]
      Type=Application
      Name=Spotify (adblock)
      GenericName=Music Player
      Icon=spotify-client
      TryExec=spotify
      Exec=env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/spotify-adblock.so spotify %U
      Terminal=false
      MimeType=x-scheme-handler/spotify;
      Categories=Audio;Music;Player;AudioVideo;
      StartupWMClass=spotify
    
  • Ctrl + X, Y and hit enter to exit and save the file!

Done! Now head over to your application menu and you will be seeing a new desktop icon called Spotify (adblock)

Caveats

  1. The app does not minimize to dock even if you enable the setting instead it will just shut down. Hence you will have to minimize it and keep it in your app tray.
  2. Apart from ad blocking this mod does not offer any other premium features like downloading. (unlimited skips are automatically enabled in this mod)
 
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