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BibTex and LaTex: JabRef

About JabRef

  • JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager for BibTex
  • Runs on Java VM
  • Works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X
  • Has graphical interface, making it easy to manage your BibTex database
  • Ability to link to PDF files and web sources
  • Available from

YouTube JabRef tutorials:

Link BibTex Entry to PDF document in JabRef

JabRef allows you to link your BibTex entries to PDF file stored in your computer.

Note: the name of your PDF file must be identical to or start with the BibTex key (citation key) in order for JabRef to link to your PDF file.

To link BibTex entries to PDF fiels:

1. Open JabRef, click Options -- Preferences -- Linked files

2. Under File directory group, in Main file directory, browse to find the directory where you save your PDF files, e. g. C:\LaTex\PDF;

select Autolink files with names starting with the citation key; Click Save.


3. On your BibTex library in JabRef, a file icon will appear beside the article. Click the file icon to open the PDF file.

4. If the file icon does not show up, click Quality - Automatically set file links. The file icon will appear.

Note: If you are using a different version of JabRef, the steps will be slightly different. More information about file links in jabRef can be found here

Video: How to Use JabRef

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