Jabed Zaman
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Spotify Currently Playing on Personal website

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Spotify Currently Playing on Personal website

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Jabed Zaman
ยทNov 11, 2022ยท

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  • Lets gets started

Ok so did you noticed that cool spotify currently playing element above the footer of my personal portfolio website.


And do you also want this cool shit on your own website??? In this article we are gonnna cover how to app this cool element to your personal website.

We are gonna achieve this we are gonna take the help of spotify api

Lets gets started

  • Firstly, you need to login to your spotify developer account image.png
  • Now create a new project give a suitable description and a suitable title to your project
  • remember to keep your client id and client secret private
  • Now add http://localhost:3000 to the redirect urls from the project settings image.png


To authorixe the app move to


Remember to replace the client id with your one. You will get a code from the link which is actually after code= Copy that code and save it somewhere

Genertaing refresh token

Now we need a lifetime refresh token. We need to get authorization client that is already encrypted with base64 f or that move to base-64 website. Next, write down the encrypted base64

After that, open up terminal/cmd, and run this command, don't forget to change the base64 and the code to yours

curl -H "Authorization: Basic CHANGE_BASE64_HERE" -d grant_type=authorization_code -d code=CHANGE_CODE_HERE -d redirect_uri=http%3A %2F%2Flocalhost:3000 https://accounts.spotify.com/api/token

You will get a JSON from where you can copy the refresh token.

Now lets create a new react app

  • Create a new react app using npx create-react-app spotify
  • Now install the following dependencies using npm install axios querystring swr react-icons
  • Now create a new file named spotify.js in the api folder and paste the following code
/* eslint-disable import/no-anonymous-default-export */
import querystring from 'querystring';

const {
} = process.env;

const basic = Buffer.from(`${client_id}:${client_secret}`).toString('base64');
const NOW_PLAYING_ENDPOINT = `https://api.spotify.com/v1/me/player/currently-playing`;
const TOKEN_ENDPOINT = `https://accounts.spotify.com/api/token`;

const getAccessToken = async () => {
  const response = await fetch(TOKEN_ENDPOINT, {
    method: 'POST',
    headers: {
      Authorization: `Basic ${basic}`,
      'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded',
    body: querystring.stringify({
      grant_type: 'refresh_token',

  return response.json();

export const getNowPlaying = async () => {
  const { access_token } = await getAccessToken();

  return fetch(NOW_PLAYING_ENDPOINT, {
    headers: {
      Authorization: `Bearer ${access_token}`,

export default async (_, res) => {
  const response = await getNowPlaying();

  if (response.status === 204 || response.status > 400) {
    return res.status(200).json({ isPlaying: false });

  const song = await response.json();
  const isPlaying = song.is_playing;
  const title = song.item.name;
  const artist = song.item.artists.map((_artist) => _artist.name).join(', ');
  const album = song.item.album.name;
  const albumImageUrl = song.item.album.images[0].url;
  const songUrl = song.item.external_urls.spotify;

  return res.status(200).json({
  • Create a .env.local file and then add your clientid, secret and refresh token
  • Now create a new file named spotify.js in the components folder and paste the following code
import { FaSpotify } from 'react-icons/fa';
import useSWR from 'swr';

const fetcher = (url) => fetch(url).then((res) => res.json());

const Spotify = () => {
  const { data } = useSWR('/api/spotify', fetcher);

  if (!data) {
    return null;

  if (!data.isPlaying) {
    return (
      <div className="flex items-center space-x-2">
        <FaSpotify className="w-6 h-6" />
        <span className="text-sm">Not Playing</span>

  return (
    <div className="flex items-center space-x-2">
      <FaSpotify className="w-6 h-6" />
      <div className="flex flex-col">
        <span className="text-sm">{data.title}</span>
        <span className="text-xs">{data.artist}</span>

export default Spotify;

Import the jsx element and then you are done ๐Ÿš€

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