JabRef Bibliography Management
JabRef is an open-source, cross-platform citation and reference management tool licensed under the MIT license.
JabRef is a cross-platform application that works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is available free of charge and is actively developed. JabRef supports you in every step of your research work.
- Search across many online scientific catalogues like CiteSeer, CrossRef, Google Scholar, IEEEXplore, INSPIRE-HEP, Medline PubMed, MathSciNet, Springer, arXiv, and zbMATH
- Import options for over 15 reference formats
- Easily retrieve and link full-text articles
- Fetch complete bibliographic information based on ISBN, DOI, PubMed-ID and arXiv-ID
- Extract metadata from PDFs
- JabFox Firefox Add-on lets you import new references directly from the browser with one click
- Group your research into hierarchical collections and organize research items based on keywords/tags, search terms or your own manual assignments
- Advanced search and filter features
- Complete and fix bibliographic data by comparing with curated online catalogues such as Google Scholar, Springer or MathSciNet
- Customizable citation key generator
- Customize and add new metadata fields or reference types
- Find and merge duplicates
- Attach related documents: 20 different kinds of documents supported out of the box, completely customizable and extendable
- Automatically rename and move associated documents according to customizable rules
- Keep track of what you read: ranking, priority, printed, quality-assured
- Native BibTeX and Biblatex support
- Cite-as-you-write functionality for external applications such as Emacs, Kile, LyX, Texmaker, TeXstudio, Vim and WinEdt.
- Format references in one of the many thousand built-in citation styles or create your own style
- Support for Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice for inserting and formatting citations
- Many built-in export options or create your own export format
- Library is saved as a simple text file and thus it is easy to share with others via Dropbox and is version-control friendly
- Work in a team: sync the contents of your library via a SQL database
JabRef runs on any system equipped with the Java Virtual Machine (1.8), which can be downloaded at no cost from Oracle. Note that Java 9 is currently not supported. From JabRef 4.0 onwards, JavaFX support has to be installed.
- Windows: JabRef offers an installer, which also adds a shortcut to JabRef to your start menu. Please also see our Windows FAQ
- Linux: Please see our Installation Guide.
- Mac OS X: Please see our Mac OS X FAQ.
In addition, JabRef can be downloaded as an executable
Try to double click the
jar file or execute the following command:
java -jar <path to jar>
Bug Reports, Suggestions, Other Feedback
We are thankful for any bug reports or other feedback. If you have ideas for new features you want to be included in JabRef, tell us in our forum! If you need support in using JabRef, please read the documentation first and have a look at our community forum. You can use our GitHub issue tracker to file bug reports.
An explanation of donation possibilities and usage of donations is available at our donations page.
Not a programmer? Learn how to help.
Want to be part of a free and open-source project that tens of thousands scientist use every day? Check out our issue tracker to find something to work on. You are also welcome to contribute new features. To get your code included into JabRef, just fork JabRef and create a pull request. For details have a look at our guidelines for contributing. We view pull requests as a collaborative process. Submit a pull request early to get feedback from the team on work in progress. We will discuss improvements with you and agree to merge them once the developers approve.
If you want a step-by-step walk-through on how to set-up your workspace, please check this guideline.
To compile JabRef from source, you need a Java compiler supporting Java 1.8 and
JAVA_HOME pointing to this JDK.
You have to set
-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 as gradle uses the JVM's platform encoding.
To run it, just execute
When you want to develop, it is necessary to generate additional sources using
and then generate the Eclipse
For IntelliJ IDEA, just import the project via a Gradle Import by pointing at the
gradlew test executes the normal unit tests.
If you want to test the UI, execute
Sources for the integration test are kept in
JabRef also uses libraries, fonts, and icons distributed by other parties. See external libraries for details.