I would like to remove the bubble notifications of Spotify that are shown when a new song is being played. This is quite distracting while you are working.

I still like the integration within the volume menu.

Ubuntu Version: 14.04

Spotify Version:


Exit Spotify, then edit ~/.config/spotify/Users/[Spotify user name]-user/prefs and set ui.track_notifications_enabled=false

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    No @Jobin, $USER would be the Ubuntu user name, not the Spotify user name. I will revert your edit.
    – Jos
    May 26 '14 at 9:40
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    I have modified the prefs file as you have pointed out, but when Spotify is restarted, it modifies the prefs again removing the ui.track_notifications_enabled=false May 26 '14 at 9:45
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    Modified again and now it is working. It seems that I was modifying the file while spotify was running or anything else. Anyway, the solution you've propose is working for me now! May 26 '14 at 10:10
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    It works! (I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity) Funny that we have to go to a config file to do this simple preference change... when will GUI's ever learn?
    – modulitos
    Jun 28 '14 at 8:40
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    Unfortunately this also disables a part of the mpris d-bus interface which normally provides things like "currently playing" information.
    – exic
    Jul 31 '14 at 8:27

In recent versions of Spotify, you can disable the notification inside the GUI itself.

Go to "Settings" and then "Display" and toggle the "Show desktop notifications when the song changes" option.

Display options for Spotify

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    Using Ubuntu 18.04 and the other answer's dir structure didn't exist. This is the correct answer. Thanks.
    – Force Hero
    Mar 16 '19 at 7:42
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    I cannot find this settings page in KDE (the top toolbar is not visible)
    – vedant
    Jun 25 '19 at 10:31
  • Can't get to this page on Cinnamon either.
    – sjf
    Jan 28 '20 at 20:41
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    Hey @sjf, hopefully the accepted answer, which modifies the config file directly, works for you.
    – edwinksl
    Jan 29 '20 at 4:19
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    I want to add to the Spotify Settings Solution from Edwinksi that those settings are available under the dropdown menu besides your username in the UI, seeing some people having trouble finding it. Would have commented this in that thread if I was allowed to...
    – Merijn Bol
    Jun 8 '20 at 8:38

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