Sconsify: Spotify Client for Terminal/Command Console

Last updated: May 8, 2015

spotify console client

Sconsify is a new unofficial spotify client runs in Mac and Linux terminal / command line console. It provides both console UI mode which presents a text user interface with playlists and tracks, and no UI mode which doesn’t present user interface and just suffle tracks.


Now the app is at a very early stage. The developer has released the first stable release and below is the how-to-install instructions:

1. In terminal/console, first run below commands one by one to install Libspotify SDK & PortAudio library from mopify repository:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

sudo wget -q -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mopidy.list

sudo apt-get update

apt-get install -y libportaudio2 libspotify12 --no-install-recommends

2. Download the linux binary (“”) from the release page.

Unpack the zip archive and there’s only one file sconsify. In console, navigate to the extracted folder and run it:


Type in username and password when it asks and you can control the UI via below shortcut keys once login:

  • ← ↓ ↑ → for navigation.
  • space or enter: play selected track.
  • >: play next track.
  • p: pause.
  • /: open a search field.
  • s: shuffle tracks from current playlist. Press again to go back to normal mode.
  • S: shuffle tracks from all playlists. Press again to go back to normal mode.
  • u: queue selected track to play next.
  • d: delete selected track from the queue or delete selected search.
  • D: delete all tracks from the queue if the focus is on the queue.
  • PageUp PageDown Home End.
  • Control C or q: exit.



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2 responses to Sconsify: Spotify Client for Terminal/Command Console

  1. Hello! I am very excited about using this new app. However, I am not sure how to run the commands on my mac since I am using Homebrew, which I assume changes the apt commands… Any help would be appreciated!