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JabRef 2.2 under Linux
Original author(s) Morten O. Alver, Nizar N. Batada, et al.
Initial release 29 November 2003 (2003-11-29)
Stable release 2.10[1] / 11 March 2014 (2014-03-11)
Development status Active
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Size 13.6 MB
Available in 14 languages
Type Bibliography manager
License GPL
Website .net.sourceforgejabref

JabRef is a reference management software that uses BibTeX as its native format and is therefore typically used for LaTeX. During the week of October 15, 2015, it had 4,856 downloads,[2] which makes it one of the most prominent reference managers. JabRef provides an easy-to-use 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.


  • Features 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


  • Produces fully BibTeX-compliant output
  • Easy editing, searching 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 and LaTeX-Editor (LEd)
  • Can be run as batch job without GUI for converting reference files.
  • Customizable BibTeX key generation
  • Customizable export filters
  • Plug-in system (based on Java Plugin Framework) supporting new import/export filters, cite-as-you-write functions, export formatters and more generic functionality.
  • Add-On for LibreOffice/OpenOffice to insert and format Citations (Microsoft Word users may use Docear4Word to insert and format references)


The first version of JabRef was released in 2003 after the creators of BibKeeper (Morten O. Alver) and JBibtexManager (Nizar Batada) decided to join the two projects. The name JabRef stood for Java, Alver, Batada, Reference. Nowadays, the term JabRef stands for its own, which is similar to the history of the acronym SOAP.

See also


  1. ^ Revision history on JabRef website
  2. ^ "JabRef download". Slashdot Media. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 

External links

  • JabRef website
  • BibTeX Management by JabRef and Jab2HTML
  • How to use JabRef (BibTeX) with Microsoft Word 2003 (current) (old)
  • JabRef HTML Export Filters
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