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Installation Instructions for Zotero

In Summer 2017, Zotero 5.0 was released. This new version of Zotero represents "the biggest upgrade in Zotero's history." Previous versions of Zotero were strongly linked to the Firefox browser; this new version works well with multiple browsers.

To use Zotero, you will need to:

Zotero 5.0 is a downloadable installation that runs in its own window rather than as part of the web browser. It is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The download includes plugins for Word and LibreOffice.

See the Zotero website for instructions on downloading, installing, and/or upgrading to Zotero 5.0. If you encounter any problems with installation, the Zotero help forum offers useful advice.

After installing Zotero Standalone, you can install connectors for Chrome, Safari, or Firefox that allow you to save citations directly to Standalone and your online library.


Installing Zotero on your iPad, iPhone, or Android

You can use Zotero on the browser of your mobile device by installing a "Bookmarklet," a special link that saves items directly to your Zotero account on the web.


You must have a Zotero account, and your device must be online, to use Zotero.


  • Open in your device browser
  • Bookmark the page
  • Select your device type in the left navigation and copy the code from the text box on the page
  • In the Bookmarks Bar, click to edit the Zotero bookmark you just created
  • Change the bookmark name to "Save to Zotero"
  • Paste the code from the text box as the URL for the bookmark
  • When you're on a page with a citation, select the Save to Zotero bookmark. The browser will save the citation directly to your Zotero library online.


    [For a step-by-step visual guide to this process, see Jason Puckett's Zotero LibGuide, hosted by Georgia State University Library and released under a CC BY-NC 3.0 license. Text for this box was adapted from Puckett's guide.]