I am using Ubuntu 16.04, running this command succeeded:

sudo snap install spotify

And running it again indicates Spotify is installed. However, running:


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

  • 3
    Try /snap/bin/spotify to launch it. You might not have the /snap/bin in your path.
    – Terrance
    Jan 5, 2018 at 3:46
  • That exists and runs, but nothing happens afterwards.
    – user126350
    Jan 5, 2018 at 4:03

7 Answers 7


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!

  • 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 4:12
  • @user126350 Yep, that is one thing I noticed is that it was slow to come up.
    – Terrance
    Jan 5, 2018 at 4:13
  • You're welcome to both of you, glad to hear that! :D
    – galoget
    Jan 5, 2018 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.


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.

  • 3
    source ~/.profile should have the same effect if you don't want to open a new terminal.
    – Bprodz
    Aug 13, 2018 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, 2020 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.


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


On debian 9, I had to add /snap/bin to the root PATH manually. Do the following:

In /etc/login.defs, you will find the following line:

ENV_SUPATH PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin

Add the path so that it will be:

ENV_SUPATH PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/snap/bin

Exit the session, and login again.


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/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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