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Build a Spotify plugin for PowerToys Run

A while ago, I stumbled on very neat project named PowerToys. After trying its many utilities for a week, I was hooked. I knew I had to contribute to this project; and so I started looking for something i could spend time on. It didn't take long: the Run utility is by far the most usefull to me, and I had already a few ideas on how to make it even better.

PowerToys, a set of Windows utilities for power users

At the time, v0.76.0 was the current version of PowerToys. There existed fewer Run plugins than I anticipated, but assuming that the tool was just not known/used by many, I started looking into making my own Run plugin. Noticing that I would Alt+Tab and use the mouse many times a day to pick and play music on Spotify, it would save me time if I could do those inside a Run plugin.

ShopifySharp, a simple C# library would be the ideal way of accessing the Spotify API. But, using this library within the Run plugin architecture would prove to be impossible. The low plugin count was a consequence of PowerToys Run's plugin system not being able to load external dependencies... This meant I would have to write everything Spotify related from scratch 😕. Not wanting to do that, I spawned a console project on the side to write the necessary code to control Spotify using ShopifySharp. Now I was hoping that external dependencies would be supported eventually.

v0.77.0 came, and, hurray 😄! They were supported now. Which meant I could very quickly turn my console project into a proper Run plugin. And so, I developped the plugin.


After a few hours of tinkering, I had a decent way of controling Spotify without using the mouse at all.

Here is what the plugin enables you to do:

  • Search for songs, albums, artists and playlists
  • Play songs, albums, artists and playlists
  • Add a song to queue (Shift+Enter)
  • Pause and resume the current track
  • Go to previous or next track
  • Turn shuffle mode on and off
  • Set repeat mode to track, context or off

PowerToys-Run-Spotify demo

If you'd like to use the plugin, or contribute to it, feel free to visit the repo on Github (PowerToys-Run-Spotify).

Thank you for reading.

~ Michael