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[Desktop] Global HotKeys for Pause/Play, Skip, etc.

It would be nice to have an Global Hotkey so you can pause/play your music while browsing and not switching between screens. Or when you are gaming and you want another song but you don't want to alt tab and stay idle, a (customizable?)  Global Hotkey(i.g. ctrl+shift+right) would be such an great improvement in the usefulness of Spotify.

Updated on 2023-05-23

Hey everyone,


Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange.


We've discussed this idea and while it is interesting, we don't have any immediate plans to implement this. If we do have any new information to share, rest assured we'll check back in here with a new status.


More info on why your idea has been closed can be found here.

by lucferron
There is a plugin at the moment that can help you with this. I just tried it and it solves my problem... It would be better if it would be built in spotify but this is better than nothing. It is called Toastify.

Thanks for the toastify link, works like a charm, for those wanting media keyboard support (the play/pause, back, forward, stop buttons on almost every keyboard nowadays), add the following the toastify.xml file located in the toastify folder.




This really should be default functionality though.

toastify works great... just needed one more functionality to star a song


Commenting to show my support for this! Using Windows 7 and there's not really a workaround.


AutoHotkeys works for me. I'm on Windows 7.




It would be cool if the spotify shortcut were working even if not on the spotify window...  As simple as this...




Come on!


This request is not that difficult to be implemented into Spotify !


This idea was posted 1 year ago and still not done! Toastify can do it, but YOU can't ??

All the Mediaplayers got this feature !


Thanks for reading


Added "etc." in the title to include also functions that most of you request in the comments, like star a track, add to playlist, and so on. 😉


Try downloading Flutter - lets you pause/play, hit next track and previous track using hand gestures (through your webcam)


Come on guys... Developing that feature is a 1 day job for any developer. Would be awesome to have it... Not like you need rocket science to get it done either.


Well @lucferron, I don't know if it's a 1 day job. It's not in their API, else I'd totally spend a whole day building it since it doesn't even require a rocket science degree.


image datan : Image data in TIFF format.


applicationn [see also Standard Suite] : The Spotify application.


current track (track, r/o) : The current playing track.

sound volume (integer) : The sound output volume (0 = minimum, 100 = maximum)

player state (stopped/‌playing/‌paused, r/o) : Is Spotify stopped, paused, or playing?

player position (real) : The player’s position within the currently playing track in seconds.

repeating enabled (boolean, r/o) : Is repeating enabled in the current playback context?

repeating (boolean) : Is repeating on or off?

shuffling enabled (boolean, r/o) : Is shuffling enabled in the current playback context?

shuffling (boolean) : Is shuffling on or off?

trackn : A Spotify track.


artist (text, r/o) : The artist of the track.

album (text, r/o) : The album of the track.

disc number (integer, r/o) : The disc number of the track.

duration (integer, r/o) : The length of the track in seconds.

played count (integer, r/o) : The number of times this track has been played.

track number (integer, r/o) : The index of the track in its album.

starred (boolean, r/o) : Is the track starred?

popularity (integer, r/o) : How popular is this track? 0-100

id (text, r/o) : The ID of the item.

name (text, r/o) : The name of the track.

artwork (image data, r/o) : The track's album cover.

album artist (text, r/o) : That album artist of the track.

spotify url (text) : The URL of the track.

next trackv : Skip to the next track.

next track

previous trackv : Skip to the previous track.

previous track

playpausev : Toggle play/pause.


pausev : Pause playback.


playv : Resume playback.


play trackv : Start playback of a track in the given context.

play track text : the URI of the track to play

[in context text] : the URI of the context to play in