I installed Spotify client using the method from their official site. When I run it, however, a low-res icon pop out on the dock and is used to maximise/minimise the app instead of the original hi-res icon. Any idea why this happen and how to fix it?

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For some reason, Plank is unable to match the Spotify window to the original launcher's .desktop file. It's using a "fallback" icon from the window itself. This seems to be something that happens fairly often on cross-platform, non-native apps like Spotify, Chrome, Minecraft, etc.

I haven't tried it myself, but supposedly you can fix it by modifying Spotify's .desktop (stored in /usr/share/applications) by changing the line Exec=spotify %U to Exec=spotify

Be aware that this may affect Spotify's ability to accept arguments from the command line or other features involving opening external files. For more information, you can see this explanation of what %U does.

  • Hi Daniel! Your method works. Thank you so much. If you don't mind, can you explain a bit about the last line you mentioned? I'm still a newbie in Linux, so I can't really get what you mean. And also, if next time I face the same problem again with those cross-platform, non-native apps, I can solve it using the same way right?
    – Caesium95
    Jul 28, 2015 at 13:19
  • @Caesium95 There's an explanation on AskUbuntu of what %U does. So removing it may affect that functionality. This is what solved the mismatch for Spotify, but it may not be a solution that will work for other apps. Jul 28, 2015 at 15:54

Check in your /usr/share/icons if you have an icon for Spotify

  1. If it’s there then just open the Spotify’s .desktop file in a text editor & change the “Icon = some_name“ some_name with icon name in the /usr/share/icons.
  2. If it’s not there then just copy paste a Spotify icon there.

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