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JabRef 3.6 under Linux
Original author(s) Morten O. Alver, Nizar N. Batada, et al.
Developer(s) The JabRef team[1]
Initial release 29 November 2003 (2003-11-29)
Stable release
3.6[2] / 26 August 2016; 59 days ago (2016-08-26)
Repository github.com/JabRef/jabref
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Size 25.4 MB
Available in 17 languages
Type Bibliography manager
License MIT Licence
Website www.jabref.org

JabRef is a reference management software that uses BibTeX and BibLaTeX as its native formats and is therefore typically used for LaTeX. During the week of October 15, 2015, it had 4,856 downloads.[3] JabRef provides an interface for editing BibTeX files, for importing data from online scientific databases, and for managing and searching BibTeX files. JabRef is released under the terms of the GPL license. The application is programmed in Java, and is maintained for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.


  • Produces fully BibTeX-compliant output
  • Easy editing, searching (using ANTLR) and viewing of reference entries
  • Advanced grouping feature for organizing reference entries explicitly or based on keywords or general search terms
  • Import filters for 15 reference formats
  • Direct search and download from PubMed and IEEEXplore. Direct download from CiteSeer and ArXiv.
  • Links to external resources (URL, DOI number, PDF, PS, DjVu or other file types) can be opened with a single click
  • Cite-as-you-write functionality for external applications such as LyX, Kile, Emacs, WinEdt, Vim, TeXstudio and LEd
  • Can be run as batch job without GUI for converting reference files.
  • Customizable BibTeX key generation
  • Customizable export filters
  • Support for LibreOffice/OpenOffice to insert and format Citations (Microsoft Word users may use Docear4Word to insert and format references)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ author file in JabRef repository
  2. ^ GitHub Releases on JabRef website
  3. ^ "JabRef download". Sourceforge.net. Slashdot Media. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 

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