Automating the activation/deactivation of Spotify's proxy settings
I’m a BIG fan of Spotify. I use it every day, hours on end.
I like the fat client though, I find the web version way too buggy and unstable.
At ING, we use a HTTP proxy and I have configured Spotify to go through the proxy. At home, I don’t use anything. This means that every day, I have to go back to my settings, disable / enable the proxy and restart Spotify. This is very annoying.
So annoying in fact that I started using the web player at home, to my disappointment.
Finally, it go me tired enough so I decided to dig deeper into the issue and find a solution. It had to be possible to automate this.
The first step was to find the location of the config file. On my Macbook, it is located in $HOME/Library/Application Support/Spotify/prefs. In this file, I saw the line : network.proxy.mode=1. The rest is child’s play
Here is the final script I came out with to enable/disable spotify’s proxy settings. I called it spotiProxy
#!/bin/sh ON_OFF=$1 SPOTIFY_PREFS="$HOME/Library/Application Support/Spotify/prefs" PROXY_ON="network.proxy.mode=2" #HTTP Proxy PROXY_OFF="network.proxy.mode=1" #No proxy if [ ! -f "$SPOTIFY_PREFS" ]; then echo "Spotify preference file not found. Exiting" exit 1 fi if [ "$ON_OFF" = "on" ] then echo "Activating Spotify proxy settings" sed -i -e "s/$PROXY_OFF/$PROXY_ON/g" "$SPOTIFY_PREFS" elif [ "$ON_OFF" = "off" ] then echo "Deactivating Spotify proxy settings" sed -i -e "s/$PROXY_ON/$PROXY_OFF/g" "$SPOTIFY_PREFS" elif [ "$ON_OFF" = "show" ] then cat "$SPOTIFY_PREFS" exit 1 else echo "Invalid command entered. Please use 'spotiProxy on' or 'spotiProxy off'" exit 1 fi number_processes=$(pgrep Spotify | wc -l) if [ $number_processes -gt 1 ] then echo "Restarting Spotify" osascript -e 'quit app "Spotify"' sleep 1 open -a Spotify fi
It’s usage is very simple :
- Call it with
spotiProxy on(or off)
- It will set you settings accordingly, and restart Spotify if it was already running.
This script is run automatically every time I arrive at home or at the office. Nothing to do any more. Joy!