Zotero Standalone Linux

Jul 25, 2017 00:00 · 117 words · 1 minute read

Download Zotero standalone, unzip to /opt/

Place the following in ~/.local/share/applications/zotero.desktop

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Zotero
GenericName=Bibliography Manager
Icon=/opt/Zotero_linux-x86_64/chrome/icons/default/default48.png
Exec= /opt/Zotero_linux-x86_64/zotero %f
Categories=Office
Terminal=false

By default zotero will place all its data in ~/.zotero. Knowing this you can save any highlighting and comments into the PDF document as long as its in the same location and name, zotero will sync it up.

Updates

This was written for zotero version 4, they have since updated to version 5. Which will focus on the standalone application. The new location for data by default will be ~/Zotero, but if you are migrating from the firefox add-on it will be in ~/.mozilla/firefox*. They promised to tidy up the data folder.