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Lofi: a tiny Spotify player

Website ā€¢ FAQ

Lofi is a mini Spotify player with visualizations. It is not a replacement for the Spotify Desktop app, nor does it play music independently of the Spotify app; instead, Lofi works alongside it to provide a more intuitive and pleasant access to common features, including pausing/playing, and previous/next track. Lofi also displays cover art and track info stylishly and it facilitates WebGL-powered audio visualizations for both Windows and MacOS. In other words, it's a "tiny Spotify player" or a "mini mode" for the Spotify desktop app.

It is possible to make Lofi work with other audio sources (including YouTube and SoundCloud), and that might make it on the roadmap at some point.

Design goals

  • A small, 1:1 aspect ratio player depicting album art
  • An always-on-top "widget-like" app
  • Minimalist (no extraneous controls)
  • Multiple-screen capable
  • Windows and MacOS compatible
  • Visualization-ready (WebGL)
  • ā‰¤ 100MB memory footprint


To build, you'll need node-gyp, a compatible Python version (2.x), and your operating system's SDK (Microsoft Build Tools or Xcode). Linux native compilation is currently not supported. First, you'll need to run:

$ yarn install

If you have more than one Python installation on your system, you can prevent the build from failing by editing the package.json file in the root directory. Edit the build argument from

"build": "node-gyp rebuild --target=4.0.1 --arch=x64 --dist-url="


"build": "node-gyp rebuild --target=4.0.1 --arch=x64 --dist-url= --python path/to/python27"

Now you can run yarn install again.

To build from scratch, run yarn run dist. Find the output in /dist.

$ yarn run dist

To develop, open up a Terminal and type:

$ yarn run build
$ yarn run development
$ yarn run start

Use yarn run production (instead of development) to start the front-end in non-interactive mode.

node-sass compatibility

You might need to change the node-sass version inside package.json to be compliant with your nodejs version or the node-gyp build might fail.

NodeJS Minimum node-sass version Node Module
Node 12 4.12+ 72
Node 11 4.10+ 67
Node 10 4.9+ 64
Node 8 4.5.3+ 57

Bugs, issues, and contributing

See something you don't like? Have a feature request? Is your computer on fire? Feel free to open an issue, make a pull request or join our Discord server. The more the merrier.



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