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Original author(s)Morten O. Alver, Nizar N. Batada, et al.
Developer(s)The JabRef team[1]
Initial release29 November 2003 (20 years ago) (2003-11-29)
Stable release
5.11[2] / 22 October 2023; 45 days ago (22 October 2023)
Written inJava
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux
Size180 MB
Available in23 languages
List of languages
Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (classical), Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese
TypeReference management
LicenseMIT License

JabRef is an open-source, cross-platform citation and reference management software.[3][4] It is used to collect, organize and search bibliographic information.

JabRef has a target audience of academics and many university libraries have written guides on its usage.[5][6][7] It uses BibTeX and BibLaTeX as its native formats and is therefore typically used for LaTeX.[8] The name JabRef stands for Java, Alver, Batada, Reference. The original version was released on November 29, 2003.[9]


JabRef supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, it is available free of charge and is actively developed.



  • Supports hierarchical groupings based on keywords, tags, search terms etc.
  • Includes features for searching, filtering and detecting duplicates.
  • Attempts to complete partial bibliographic data by comparing with curated online catalogues such as Google Scholar, Springer or MathSciNet.
  • Citation keys, metadata fields and file renaming rules are customizable.


  • Thousands of citation styles are built-in.
  • Cite-as-you-write functionality for external applications such as Emacs, Kile, LyX, Texmaker, TeXstudio, Vim and WinEdt.
  • Support for Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice for inserting and formatting citations.
  • Library is saved as a human readable text file.
  • When editing in a group, the library can be synchronized with a SQL database.


The latest stable release is available at FossHub. For Unix-like operating systems, it is also common for JabRef to be available through the default package manager. Moreover, fresh development builds are available at builds.jabref.org.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ maintainers file in JabRef repository
  2. ^ Error: Unable to display the reference properly. See the documentation for details.
  3. ^ "The relationship of code churn and architectural violations in the open source software JabRef | Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Software Architecture: Companion Proceedings". 2017: 152–158. doi:10.1145/3129790.3129810. S2CID 32372358. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Basak, Sujit Kumar (2014). "Reference Management Software: A Comparative Analysis of JabRef and RefWorks" (PDF). Int'l Conf. On Chemical Engineering & Advanced Computational Technologies.
  5. ^ "BibTex and LaTex: JabRef". Library of University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. ^ "JabRef and LateX". The Library of the Melbourne University. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  7. ^ Feyer, S.; Siebert, S.; Gipp, B.; Aizawa, A.; Beel, J. (2017). "Integration of the Scientific Recommender System Mr. DLib into the Reference Manager JabRef". In Jose, Joemon M; Hauff, Claudia; Altıngovde, Ismail Sengor; Song, Dawei; Albakour, Dyaa; Watt, Stuart; Tait, John (eds.). Advances in Information Retrieval. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 10193. Cham: Springer International Publishing. pp. 770–774. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-56608-5_80. ISBN 978-3-319-56608-5.
  8. ^ Beel, Joeran (2013-11-11). "On the popularity of reference managers, and their rise and fall | | Prof. Joeran Beel (TCD Dublin)". Archived from the original on 2020-06-27. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  9. ^ "History of JabRef". Retrieved 2011-12-30.

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