Bash script for automated Zotero standalone installation on Linux
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Zotero standalone installer for Linux

Copyright 2011-2018 Sebastiaan Mathôt


This is an automated installer that will install Zotero standalone on a Linux system. An Ubuntu package based on the installer is also provided (see below).

Using the installer

Download and run it. This will download Zotero standalone, extract it into /opt/zotero or /home/[user]/zotero, and create a Zotero menu entry.

wget -O /tmp/
chmod +x /tmp/

Using the Ubuntu PPA

Ubuntu users can install Zotero standalone from the PPA The debian package is simply a wrapper around the automated installer, but may be more convenient with respect to updates etc.

To install Zotero standalone from the PPA, please run the following commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zotero-standalone


This installer falls under the General Public License v3. For more information, see the file COPYING or visit