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Is there, or will there be a version of Jabref availible for Fedora?

asked 2019-01-23 01:06:05 -0500


First, Fedora is incredible, but you knew that already. Anyhow, I am a grad student that came to Linux last Summer, and I need a Bibtex program for my papers and articles. My colleagues and professors all use Jabref. It is what I am familiar with, but I cannot seem to find a version that will install and run in Fedora 29, and I am open to other programs.

However, I was wondering if there is a way to get Jabref working in Fedora as a package, and not like the .jar configuration that seems to be the only route. I have searched DNF Dragora, but what comes up will not install, and going directly to the source appears equally fruitless. I would attempt to compile it myself, but I do not know how that is done (yet). Now, I hope to source the community for ideas and answers.

I apologize for being a NOOB, but we all have to start somewhere, and this seems like a place to find solutions.

Thank you for your time

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answered 2019-01-23 04:14:21 -0500

hhlp gravatar image

updated 2019-01-23 05:51:34 -0500

there is a dependency problem when you install jabref from the repo and there is a open bug in bugzilla about this problem -> Bug's and jempbox

  • You can download jabref from the product website jabref:

install depedencies :

sudo dnf install openjfx java-1.8.0-openjdk-openjfx

NOTE : Jabref requires java 1.8 to work

How do you know what java are you using and how to swith beetwen then :

sudo alternatives --config java

then execute

java -jar JabRef-4.3.1.jar
  • Altought you can do the following to add it to gnome desktop file and execute from there :

create a directory in /opt :

sudo mkdir /opt/jabref

create a script in /opt/jabref Directory with the following content and name it :

cd /opt/jabref/
java -jar JabRef-4.3.1.jar

make it executable :

sudo chmod +x /opt/jabref/

create a .Desktop file to be accesible by GNOME and Save it in ~/.local/share/applications folder as jabref.desktop. with the following :

[Desktop Entry]

NOTE : you can find any icon over internet and copy to that directory with the name /opt/jabref/jabref.jpg and that's all


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I'm using the dev snapshot in these days, download it from here. It works perfectly, just make sure you have java-1.8.0-openjdk and java-1.8.0-openjdk-openjfx installed. Then launch it with: java -jar JabRef--master--latest.jar. The revamped interface looks really cool.

vmercuri gravatar imagevmercuri ( 2019-01-23 16:55:42 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-01-23 11:00:20 -0500

florian gravatar image

As long as you face the dependency problem, you could install Jabref using a snap.

First, if not yet installed you need to install snap (sudo dnf install snapd)(see also here), then go to and install it. What you get is 4.0-dev and 4.2 dev - not sure they are any stable but worth a try, especially since they are so easy to install and to remove again).

If you are not familiar with snaps (or flatpaks) yet, you'll find more information here.

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answered 2019-02-05 02:45:41 -0500

Good news, everyone!

The Dev edition Snap is working, and I think that the good folks involved with making that happen to read my Christmas list and answer my prayers! It is 5.0 dev edition, but it will do, and I can fill in the rest with my jar file of the current stable release version.

Thank you, to everyone that has taken the time to help me out. I love this community!

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Problem: conflicting requests - nothing provides jempbox needed by jabref-2.10-5.fc28.noarch

seranrakan1995 gravatar imageseranrakan1995 ( 2019-02-23 14:34:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-01-23 01:38:18 -0500

florian gravatar image

Jabref 2.10 is in Fedora‘s official repositories:

To install it, from a terminal command line run:

sudo dnf install jabref

Report back with the error message(s) if you encounter any problems.

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Problem: conflicting requests - nothing provides jempbox needed by jabref-2.10-5.fc28.noarch

wstoermer gravatar imagewstoermer ( 2019-01-23 07:47:27 -0500 )edit

I am going to suggest another solution...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2019-01-23 10:52:20 -0500 )edit

Thank you.

wstoermer gravatar imagewstoermer ( 2019-01-28 12:35:55 -0500 )edit

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