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Is there a good software for browsing BibTeX databases? I have a .bib file with roughly 100 entries and it is becoming harder and harder to look up papers to cite. What I would like is something with a graphical interface that lists the entries in a more readable form. (I prefer open source software. :-)

Any suggestions?

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marked as duplicate by yo', Guido, Benedikt Bauer, barbara beeton, Claudio Fiandrino Apr 28 '14 at 11:11

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    I'm sure that there's a question on the site somewhere which lists all BibTeX database tools as community wiki. I just can't find it right now. Ah found it: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/23942/… and tex.stackexchange.com/questions/33619/… I'm quite against the idea of creating yet another CW on bibliography tools. I would make more sense to focus on improving the existing ones. – yo' Apr 28 '14 at 10:11
  • My bibliography database currently has some 400 entries, sorts alphabetically. Not really a problem... What exactly is your problem? Perhaps split it up by area? – vonbrand Apr 30 '14 at 7:46

jabRef for exemple: http://jabref.sourceforge.net/

You have some other software to do it but it's my favorite.


You may import your entries to Zotero, either the stand alone program or the Zotero-extension to Firefox. The stand alone version has also links to Chrome and Safari browsers, to use these browser to harvest bibliographic entries from the internet.

Also, you may try the new program Docear, which combine mind mapping software and Jabref.

Mendeley is also an option.

  • Great, thanks! I'll check it out. (I can't upvote your answer due to low reputation, and I can only accept a single answer. I'll first look through suggestions and then accept one of the answers.) – blazs Apr 28 '14 at 8:24

In my lab Mendeley is used : Suscribe to Download


If you use a Mac OSX BibDesk (http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net) is an option.

Here is a screenshot of the main window (with biblatex example bibliography)

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and here a screenshot of the window to edit a single entry.

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  • This is exactly what I'm looking gor, but I use Linux and Windows. :-) – blazs Apr 28 '14 at 8:27
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    JabRef is an alternative for Windows or Linux or Mac, it is written in java and it works on all major platforms. – Guido Apr 28 '14 at 8:39

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