JabRef Development Version
This version is a development version. Features may not work as expected.
Branches of JabRef development are listed at https://github.com/JabRef/jabref/wiki/Branches.
Explanation of donation possibilities and usage of donations is available at our donations page.
We use install4j, the multi-platform installer builder.
JabRef is a graphical Java application for editing BibTeX and Biblatex
JabRef lets you organize your entries into overlapping logical groups, and with a single click limit your view to a single group or an intersection or union of several groups.
You can customize the entry information shown in the main window, and sort by any of the standard BibTeX fields.
JabRef can autogenerate BibTeX keys for your entries.
JabRef also lets you easily link to PDF or web sources for your reference entries.
JabRef can import from and export to several formats, and you can customize export filters. JabRef can be run as a command line application to convert from any import format to any export format.
- Homepage: http://www.jabref.org
- Development page: https://github.com/JabRef/jabref
- Open HUB page: https://www.openhub.net/p/jabref
Bug Reports, Suggestions, Other Feedback
We are thankful for any bug reports or other feedback.
If there are features you want included in JabRef, tell us in our forum!
If you have questions regarding the usage, or you want to give general feedback the forum is also the right place for this: discourse.jabref.org
You can use our GitHub issue tracker to send in bug reports and suggestions.
To get your code added to JabRef, just fork JabRef and create a pull request. For details see CONTRIBUTING.
Installing and Running
JabRef runs on any system equipped with the Java Virtual Machine (1.8 or newer), which can be downloaded at no cost from Oracle.
Installing and Running, Mac OS X:
Please see our Mac OS X FAQ.
Installing and Running, Windows:
JabRef offers an installer, which also adds a shortcut to JabRef to your start menu.
Please also see our Windows FAQ
Installing and Running, General:
JabRef can be downloaded as an executable .jar file.
Try to double click the
jar file or execute the following command:
java -jar <path to jar>
JabRef comes with an online help, accessed by pressing
F1 or clicking on a question mark icon.
The help is are probably not exhaustive enough to satisfy everyone yet, but it should help sort out the most important issues about using the program.
If you choose languages other than English, some or all help pages may appear in your chosen languages.
Building JabRef From Source
If you want a step-by-step tutorial, 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 distributed by other parties. See external libraries for details.