Spotify isn’t what it used to be. The recent versions of the Spotify client for Linux have lost the ability to hide in the tray. Now they always take up a spot in your taskbar or dock, but thankfully, there is a way to minimize Spotify to the system tray in Linux. Let’s see how.
For this to work, we will use both the latest version of the Spotify client and KDocker. Although its name starts with a “k,” KDocker is not associated with the KDE desktop. It is a simple tool that allows you to move any application to the tray in most popular desktop environments. While it has not been updated for quite a while, it is still working fine for most desktop environments. It is probably the best current solution for docking Spotify’s client.
You can install KDocker in Ubuntu and compatible distributions with:
In Fedora, Red Hat, and their siblings, try:
Use KDocker to Minimize Spotify to the System Tray
Launch KDocker from your Applications menu after installation.
Click on the Spotify window to minimize it to the tray.
Done! You’ll find your app in the tray instead of your taskbar.
For it to show Spotify again, click on the KDocker tray icon and select “Show Spotify.”
You can also right-click on the icon and select “Dock Another” to repeat the process for other apps.
Integrate KDocker to Spotify
As you can see, the above method requires you to run Spotify and KDocker simultaneously. Another way to do it is to integrate KDocker to Spotify so it can minimize to the tray anytime.
Note that the following instructions make use of the Ubuntu’s default desktop.
Also, keep in mind that these tweaks will apply only to the desktop icon. If you launch Spotify any other way, such as from your app list or the terminal, Spotify will behave normally and won’t hide to the tray.
Start by locating Spotify’s icons. Try:
You should see a list of spotify-related icons. Jot down the path to a specific one, such as “/usr/share/icons/Papirus/64×64/apps/spotify.svg”.
Copy the Spotify client’s desktop entry to your Home folder with the command:
Edit the copied file with your favorite text editor. We prefer
nano, so our command was:
Exec=spotify %U line.
Change it to:
What the above command does is let KDocker handle the opening of the Spotify app so that it can become minimizable. The path to the Spotify icon is for KDocker to display the Spotify icon on the system tray. Without it, it will just show a generic icon.
Save the changes with Ctrl + o and exit the file with Ctrl + X.
Launch your Spotify, and you should see its icon on the system tray.
Click on it to minimize Spotify to the system tray.