Ubuntu 16.04


sudo snap install spotify

succeeded and running it again indicates Spotify is installed. However, running


gives command not found! Searching in Unity for "spotify" yields no results. What do?

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    Try /snap/bin/spotify to launch it. You might not have the /snap/bin in your path. – Terrance Jan 5 '18 at 3:46
  • That exists and runs, but nothing happens afterwards. – user126350 Jan 5 '18 at 4:03

Check your $PATH variable by executing in a Terminal: echo $PATH

The output should be very similar to this:


You have to verify if /snap/bin is included in this $PATH, otherwise you have to add it manually, here is how to do it: How do I modify my PATH so that the changes are available in every Terminal session.

If this doesn't work, try deleting and installing again the snap, the required commands are:

  • Execute sudo snap list to verify if Spotify is installed.

  • Use sudo snap remove spotify to delete it.

  • Use sudo snap install spotify to re-install it again.

After installing it you can run the command which spotify to see if it is recognized now.

Hope it helps, good luck!

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  • Thank you! I was going to mention to OP to add /snap/bin to the path as I just tested out spotify and it worked fine. +1 =) – Terrance Jan 5 '18 at 4:07
  • Thanks just reinstalled after augmenting the path and it seems to be working now (although takes a solid 15 seconds to load). – user126350 Jan 5 '18 at 4:12
  • @user126350 Yep, that is one thing I noticed is that it was slow to come up. – Terrance Jan 5 '18 at 4:13
  • You're welcome to both of you, glad to hear that! :D – galoget Jan 5 '18 at 4:13

The solution is simple. Log out and log back in again.

Same thing happened to me. It was the first time I had installed a snap app, and I expect that the $PATH variable had changed as per other answers, but the change only takes effect after logging out and logging back in again.

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Personally, I simply had to open a different Terminal window. For some reason it couldn't find it from the window I'd used to run the snap command.

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    source ~/.profile should have the same effect if you don't want to open a new terminal. – Bprodz Aug 13 '18 at 11:33
  • @Bprodz , yours is the right answer. Please consider posting it as an answer so I can upvote it. Let me know when you do. – evaristegd Apr 20 at 1:57

Another solution is go to the folder /snap/spotify/6/usr/bin/ and double-click the file spotify.

This worked to me.

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I've added to the menu using alacarte, then adding /snap/bin/spotify to the music section

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I'm on elementary OS FWIW. My paths are correct.

I was able to manually launch the item via @Zzzach...'s answer subbing in the symlink "current" for the version number as his answer must have been early on in the snap spotify install.

So I manually edited the desktop entry at


to change the exec location from /snap/spotify to /snap/spotify/current/usr/bin/spotify %U

and then it worked via snap. Whether it persists across an update is another story.

I think you could also edit this via the alacarte option too.

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