graphical frontend to manage BibTeX and BibLaTeX databases
  8 reviews

JabRef is a graphical Java application for editing BibTeX (.bib) databases. 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.
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dr_costas 4 years ago

The reps have version 2.1 when the latest version is 4.1

aneuronal 8 years ago


lordamit 9 years ago

Love this reference manager.

fafnir 10 years ago

A friend of mine, who wrote his thesis (of about 1, 40,000 words), suggested this to me. I've been using the Windows version for over 2 years, and found little reasons to complain. I store around 6000 citations, along with annotations and links wherever possible to pdfs on my machine. The manual input method is actually a boon: it helps you identify and correct errors unlike automated fetches from Google Scholar and other sources when using software like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote. Also Zotero crashes often; Mendeley pretends to be free (asking you to upgrade after a point), and EndNote is... well, it sucks. JabRef is consistent, the easiest to understand, and the most reliable bibliography citation manager. Much thanks to the developers!

xalbert76 11 years ago

I have over 2500 references in my bibliography and JabRef handles them with ease. This is one of the most useful softwares I have used when writing papers.

FunkyWhale 12 years ago

I tried many, this beats all. Very consistent. Lives well with your hand-generated bib files as well.

alaak 12 years ago

Unfortunately you need to enter most data by hand. This gives good control on small bibliographys but is tedious if you have many references. In the second case I prefer Mendeley Desktop available as *.deb package as well.

NfG84 12 years ago

Comfortable tool to keep all the papers ordered. It has a online search for article, but many journals are not supported.