Fixing Spotify in Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Only five days left till one of the major release of Ubuntu with codename: Vivid Vervet. I’ve been using 15.04 for a few months now, it’s by far one of the most stable releases I’ve used.

Ubuntu 15.04 brings a lot of internal changes like the change of upstart in favor of systemd.

I never realized that Spotify was broken in the sense that one of the dependencies were missing. The library libgcrypt11 is used by Spotify and it’s no longer available in Ubuntu 15.04 repositories.

You can “fix” this by just downloading the library from Utopic repositories:

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i libgcrypt11_1.5.3-2ubuntu4_amd64.deb

That’s it. Spotify will run as expected.

Honestly? I feel a miffed that Spotify doesn’t really care about Ubuntu users at all in the sense that the client is using rather incredibly old packages. The team stopped delivering updates, so yea maybe it’s time for Spotify to actually do a revision of the dependencies.

Using WINE or Virtual Box to run Spotify is extremely overkill.

Anyway, in other news congratulations to Canonical as Ubuntu is now touting a modest 20 million users, sweet!

Categorized as Linux


    1. They have pulled the package off for some reason (you can see most of the packages here: )

      The reason is probably a security one, maybe. I’d say open a ticket in Launchpad to see what happened to it. However, this is not something Ubuntu should take care of. Spotify must be pushed to use newer libgcrypt version (libgcrypt20) that Vivid provides, so fighting with Ubuntu developers who are trying to make their OS secure makes no sense, imho. Maybe Spotify have updated their client, not sure.

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