2 Ways to Get a Spotify URI to Open in Spotify for iOS

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This post was originally published on my Postach.io blog on December 10th, 2014

The Spotify URI is

The resource identifier that you can enter, for example, in the Spotify Desktop client’s search box to locate an artist, album, or track. To find a Spotify URI simply right-click (on Windows) or Ctrl-Click (on a Mac) on the artist’s or album’s or track’s name.

If a friend shares one with you or you pull one from the desktop app, there is a way to open that track/artist/album/playlist on your iOS device without converting it to a URL.

In the example on their API page, they use

spotify:track:6rqhFgbbKwnb9MLmUQDhG6

which is “Speak to Me” by Pink Floyd. The congruent URL

https://play.spotify.com/track/6rqhFgbbKwnb9MLmUQDhG6

would bring you to that track on Spotify’s web app. I have actions in Launch Center Pro that precede any Spotify URL with spotify:, which will open that URL directly into the app.

However, if you don’t want to convert the URI to a URL, you can do either of the following:

Launch Center Pro

Just create an URL action in Launch Center Pro and paste the full URI after launch://?url=

launch://?url=spotify:track:6rqhFgbbKwnb9MLmUQDhG6

Drafts

The URI is not a clickable link, but if you make it a markdown link, you can Preview in Markdown in Drafts, and click on the anchor text:

[speak to me](spotify:track:6rqhFgbbKwnb9MLmUQDhG6)