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@stefan-kolb stefan-kolb released this 04 Oct 08:45
· 7195 commits to main since this release

We are pleased to announce the release of JabRef version 4.0.


  • We add a textArea to see versionInfo in the About JabRef Dialog.#2942
  • We turned the validation feature in the entry editor off by default, because of a bug in the library we have been using #3145
  • Added 'Filter All' and 'Filter None' buttons with corresponding functionality to Quality Check tool.
  • We increased the size of the keywords and file text areas in the entry editor
  • When the entry that is currently shown in the entry editor is deleted externally, the editor is now closed automatically #2946
  • We added reordering of file and link entries in the General-Tab 3165, comment
  • We added autcompletion for the crossref field on basis of the BibTeX-key. To accept such an autcompleted key as new entry-link, you have to press Enter two times, otherwise the field data is not stored in the library file.koppor#257
  • We added drag and drop support for adding files directly in the General-Tab. The dragged files are currently only linked from their existing directory. For more advanced features use the Add files dialog. #koppor#244
  • We added the file description filed back to the list of files in the General-Tab #2930, comment
  • Added an error dialog if the file is open in another process and cannot be renamed. [#3229]
  • On Windows, the JabRef.exe executable can now be used to start JabRef from the command line. By default, no output is shown unless the new "-console" option is specified.


  • We re-added the "Normalize to BibTeX name format" context menu item #3136
  • We fixed a memory leak in the source tab of the entry editor #3113
  • We fixed a java bug where linux users could not enter accented characters in the entry editor and the search bar #3028
  • We fixed a regression introduced in v4.0-beta2: A file can be dropped to the entry preview to attach it to the entry koppor#245
  • We fixed an issue in the "Replace String" dialog (Ctrl+R where search and replace did not work for the bibtexkey field. #3132
  • We fixed an issue in the entry editor where adding a term to a new protected terms list freezed JabRef completely. #3157
  • We fixed an issue in the "Manage protected terms" dialog where an 'Open file' dialog instead of a 'Save file' dialog was shown when creating a new list. #3157
  • We fixed an issue where unparseable dates of the FileAnnotations caused the FileAnnotationsTab to crash.
  • We fixed an issue where a new protected terms list was not available immediately after its addition. #3161
  • We fixed an issue where an online file link could not be removed from an entry #3165
  • We fixed an issue where an online file link did not open the browser and created an error #3165
  • We fixed an issue where the arrow keys in the search bar did not work as expected #3081
  • We fixed wrong hotkey being displayed at "automatically file links" in the entry editor
  • We fixed an issue where metadata syncing with local and shared database were unstable. It will also fix syncing groups and sub-groups in database. #2284
  • We fixed an issue where renaming a linked file would fail silently if a file with the same name existed. Added support for overriding existing file at user discretion. [#3172] (#3172)
  • We fixed an issue where the "Remove group and subgroups" operation did not remove group information from entries in the group #3190
  • We fixed an issue where it was possible to leave the entry editor with an imbalance of braces. #3167
  • Renaming files now truncates the filename to not exceed the limit of 255 chars #2622
  • We improved the handling of hyphens in names. #2775
  • We fixed an issue where an entered file description was not written to the bib-file #3208
  • We improved the auto completion in the search bar. koppor#253
  • We fixed renaming files which are not in the main directory. #3230


  • We removed support for LatexEditor, as it is not under active development. #3199