E.g., I added entry Lake and Jabref now automatically adds the corresponding file as It is the auto link which adds it as absolute path. correctly, Jabref is not able to find my files starting with a valid Bibtex key. The search is set up to “Autolink files with names starting with the. JabRef is a graphical application for managing bibliographical data .docx and. xlsx extensions for autolink Powerpoint, Word and Excel files?.

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JabRef is a reference manager based upon the BibTeX system and has many useful and powerful features.

One of these features is to link any reference to any arbitraty file. This means, for example, that you can click on an icon by each reference and be immediately shown the relevant source file; a very handy feature. The problem is that is is not immediately obvious how to set up the program to detect these files automatically.

That is what this article is about. This tutorial assumes that JabRef has been installed already. If this is not the case, go to the JabRef download page and grab a copy. I try and keep my pdf files in folders and sub-folders divided by subcategory. How you keep your files is up to you but you need to know where the files are relative to each other.


Linking to PDF files within JabRef

Run JabRef and load habref database. In the ‘File directory’ box, you should enter the relative path to your pdf files from your database.

In my case, I have entered. If the pdf files and the database are in the same folder, you can leave this field blank.

I find this a bit restrictive as I often want to put a summary or other details in the filename e. Fortunately, it is possible to set JabRef to find these files automatically as well.

Once everything is set up, it is very easy to link references to files. Begin by adding a reference in the normal manner and then saving a pdf file somewhere in the pdf folder. It is usually of the format ‘AuthorYear’ but you can set it to anything you want.

Check that the pdf filename begins with the BibTeX key e. Then, double click on the relevant reference, go to the ‘General’ tab and click ‘Auto’ button.


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That should find any and all files that begin with the BibTeX key and link them to the reference picture below. The ‘Auto’ button finds and links each file found.

Then clicking on the pdf icons top left load the relevant files. Now, the reference will have a pdf icon adjecent to its index number.

Clicking on that will load the pdf file. For extra convenience, adding a DOI to the relevant box will give each reference a second icon which links to the web page that the article can autoink found.

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First published on 5th February and last modified on 21st March Computing menu Next article: The PDF icons by each reference load the relevant file. The database properties dialogue where the path to the pdf files is entered. Valid HTML5 generated in 5.