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Download Deezer to a Linux laptop

  • 19 June 2021
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I have a laptop with Ubuntu OS.  Can I download music?

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Best answer by Rick P. 20 June 2021, 16:55

No, at least not officially since Deezer’s support for linux is perpetually ‘in discussion’.  The only supported way to use Deezer on linux is via a web browser which doesn’t have a save option. However, typical of the linux community a couple awesome developers have taken matters into their own hands and recompiled Deezer’s neutron desktop app (the one developed for Windows) to run on linux. While I don’t use it anymore I have used it in the past and believe it gives you the option to download tracks the same as you can on Windows and Macs. Google to find the best version for your distro - it might be this one:

 

https://snapcraft.io/deezer-unofficial-player

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No, at least not officially since Deezer’s support for linux is perpetually ‘in discussion’.  The only supported way to use Deezer on linux is via a web browser which doesn’t have a save option. However, typical of the linux community a couple awesome developers have taken matters into their own hands and recompiled Deezer’s neutron desktop app (the one developed for Windows) to run on linux. While I don’t use it anymore I have used it in the past and believe it gives you the option to download tracks the same as you can on Windows and Macs. Google to find the best version for your distro - it might be this one:

 

https://snapcraft.io/deezer-unofficial-player

Thanks, Rick.

Ken

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Hey @KenSeifert 

Thanks for reaching out about this.

@Rick P. is totally right, but there might be one thing he missed out. We're actually working on an Electron package for Linux too, similar to our versions for Windows and Mac. It's still early days but it isn't "in discussion" anymore, it's something we want to bring forward as soon as possible :thumbsup_tone2:

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I didn’t miss it Rudy, it’s just that that the idea and request has been kicking around long enough that I’ll believe it when I see it. Having said this I have a serious suggestion:

 

Instead of Deezer’s developers reinventing the wheel why not recognize the work these private developers have accomplished, adopt it as the basis for Deezer’s official app (with their concurrence of course), maybe release it as a beta version, then work with them to advance its development. If they can get it this far without support imagine how quickly it could advance with some formal development support. It would likely take a fraction of Deezer’s resources that I’m sure can be redeployed elsewhere and will arguably be a better product since the private developers are clearly experienced developing linux apps and I’m sure can easily port what they’ve done to additional distros. Who knows, maybe they can build a proper app that doesn’t require Neutron’s significant overhead. Given they’ve got this far on their own it looks like a labour of love for them and I assume they’d jump at the chance to help.  Set up a separate group on this forum for user support until Deezer’s support staff are up to speed - as linux users we’re already used to helping ourselves and others.

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I think your suggestion is brilliant @Rick P. 

I've just launched a pilot very similar to that, also about the desktop app, for users to help our devs with testing and specific feedback. Depending on how it goes, I'll push for the Linux version as well (very likely). So I'll be in touch with you about that too.

About linking these devs to us, it's actually a dream for many of our engineers here - but it's actually a bit of a complex topic because of the legalities of it. But it is indeed an idea which remains on the back of our minds.

And finally, you're right about the idea being kicked around for long. Decision-makers had to divert the priority of the project as we aren't as big as we'd like to be, and for that, we have delays.

Rest assured, I've been here long enough and I'm confident this will be sorted in the near future :thumbsup_tone2:

Hey @KenSeifert 

Thanks for reaching out about this.

@Rick P. is totally right, but there might be one thing he missed out. We're actually working on an Electron package for Linux too, similar to our versions for Windows and Mac. It's still early days but it isn't "in discussion" anymore, it's something we want to bring forward as soon as possible :thumbsup_tone2:

Any idea when it will be ready?

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Not a clue @KenSeifert 

I was honestly expecting it this year (which can still happen) but the same devs working on it have been extra busy with bug fixes for a while now.

As soon as I get more details, I'll be sharing them here :wink:

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