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Plugins for Zotero

An active community of Zotero users has developed a variety of plugins to provide enhancements, new features, and interfaces with other programs.

To install a plugin in Zotero, download its .xpi file to your computer. Then, in Zotero, click “Tools → Add-Ons”, then drag the .xpi for the plugin onto the Add-Ons window that opens.

Note: for apps and plugins for mobile devices, see mobile.

New Features and Enhancements

Attachment File Management

  • ZotFile, by Joscha Legewie.
    • Zotero plugin to automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items.
  • Zotero Storage Scanner, by Emiliano Heyns.
    • Scan your Zotero storage folder for missing attachments and possible duplicates
  • OPDS Server, by Emiliano Heyns.
    • Download your attachments into your e-reader using OPDS
    • Not yet compatible with Zotero 5.0

Item Metadata Import

    • Add physical books to Zotero by scanning their barcodes with your iPhone or iPad
    • Add Google Scholar citation counts to items in your Zotero library.
  • Zotero DOI Manager, by Brenton M. Wiernik.
    • Look up DOI names from CrossRef automatically.
    • Automatically retrieve shortDOI names from and replace them in the Zotero DOI field.
    • Check DOI validity and mark items with invalid DOIs.
    • Clean the DOI field (e.g., to remove
  • Date Grabber, by Emiliano Heyns.
    • Tries to set the date from the Last Modified header from the URL if the date is not set

Zotero Reports

Interface Improvements

  • Zutilo, by Will Shanks
    • Adds additional editing functions and exposes Zotero functions for keyboard shortcuts.
  • Zotero QuickLook, by Mikko Rönkkö.
    • Zotero plugin adding QuickLook functionality to Zotero.
  • FireTray, by Francesco Foudil.
    • Adds minimize to system tray functionality for Linux and Windows.
  • Auto Index, by Emiliano Heyns.
    • A Zotero extension which keeps the full-text index updated. Beta release. If you have ZotFile installed, Auto-index will also kick off auto-extraction of notes.
    • Not yet compatible with Zotero 5.0

Library Analysis/Visualization

  • Zotero Voyant Export, by Cora Johnson-Roberson
    • Visualize your Zotero collections using Voyant.
  • ZotNet, by Christy Byrd.
    • Allows you to create network maps of Zotero items using the Related feature.

Website Integration


  • Zotpress, by Katie Seaborn.
    • WordPress plugin to show Zotero citations on WordPress (with an optional thumbnail image).
    • WordPress plugin to embed a COinS tag in each blog post, making metadata visible to Zotero (post title, author, date, blog title, categories, and URL).
    • WordPress plugin to embed a COinS tag in each blog post, making metadata visible to Zotero (post title, author, date, blog title, categories, and URL).
  • COinS WordPress Plugin, by Peter Binkley.
    • WordPress plugin to embed a COinS tag to something other than the blog post itself (such as a journal article or book). The COinS entries can be made in the post editor.
  • Open Book, by John Miedema.
    • WordPress Plugin to display a book's cover image, title, author, publisher and other metadata from Open Library.
  • WordPress unAPI Server, by Mike Giarlo and Peter Binkley.
    • WordPress Plugin to exposes blog metadata via unAPI.


  • ZotSpip, by Joseph Larmarange.
    • SPIP plugin to synchronise a Zotero library with SPIP (a content management system). References can be presented in web pages and searched through a dedicated webpage. A complementary plugin (BiblioCheck) allows a research unit to manage corrections to apply to the unit bibliography. (PHP)


    • Drupal module that provides one-way syncing from Zotero to Drupal's biblio module.


    • Omeka plugin to import items from Zotero into an Omeka repository.



  • Zot_Bib_Web, by David Reitter.
    • Generates interactive web bibliographies based on one or more collections in a Zotero repository. The content generated is static. The program is meant to be run regularly.
  • Zotsite, by Paul Landes.
    • Exports a local Zotero library to an HTML website.
    • View collections, item metadata, notes, and attachment files in convenient layout.
    • Syncing to the servers is not required.

Word Processor and Writing Integration

Word and LibreOffice

    • Cite items from your Zotero library in Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.
  • Reference Extractor, by Rintze Zelle.
    • Extract embedded Zotero and Mendeley references from Word .docx files for import into Zotero.

LaTeX, TeX, and Plain Text Editors

Statistical Software

  • citr, by Frederik Aust.
    • Integrates R/RStudio with Zotero.
    • Relies on the BetterBibTeX plugin
  • rbbt, by Dewey Dunnington.
    • Integrates R/RStudio with Zotero.
    • Relies on the BetterBibTeX plugin
  • cite2c, by Thomas Kluyver.
    • Integrates Python/Jupyter Notebook with Zotero.

Other Programs

  • RTF/ODF-Scan for Zotero, by Frank Bennett, Sebastian Karcher.
    • Enables active citations in any word processor capable of saving/exporting to .odt (e.g., Scrivener, Google Docs)
    • Step 1: Insert citations in your wordprocessor of choice;
    • Step 2: Export document to LibreOffice;
    • Step 3: convert markers to live Zotero citations.
    • Basic implementation of a Zotero to Indesign export, allowing for LaTeX style citations of Zotero items in Adobe's InDesign
  • Zotexmacs, by Slowphil
    • Cite items from your Zotero library in GNU TeXmacs, a feature-rich WYSIWYG scientific word processor with high quality typesetting.
    • Takes advantage of the BetterBibTeX plugin if installed, but also works without it.

General Writing Tools

  • Propachi, by Frank Bennett, Brenton Wiernik.
    • Uppercase Subtitles: Entering titles in “sentence case” is strongly recommended. The first character of a subtitle (following a colon) should be set in lowercase, unless it is a proper noun or acronym. Styles will convert titles to “title case” as necessary. Some citation styles (e.g., APA) require that the first word of subtitles also be uppercase. This plugin can enable such formatting.
    • This plugin also patches Zotero's citation processor to the latest version. This plugin is not necessary for most users.

Zotero Development

Desktop and Other Program Integration

  • ZotHero, by Dean Jackson.
    • An Alfred workflow for Mac.
    • Search your library, copy formatted references into any program, and open attachments, all without using a mouse.
    • Compatible with Zotero 5.0 and Alfred 3.
    • A plugin for the Calibre ebook manager.
    • Import Zotero file attachments with metadata into Calibre.
    • Export Calibre files and metadata to Zotero.
  • Qnotero, by Sebastiaan Mathôt.
    • Access your Zotero library from your desktop.
    • Not yet compatible with Zotero 5.0
  • TheBrain export, by Emiliano Heyns.
    • Not technically a plugin (it's a translator) but will export your Zotero items in a format that TheBrain can import.


Several Zotero plugins are known to have been abandoned and are incompatible with current versions of Zotero, had their features incorporated into Zotero or other tools natively, or otherwise be unsuitable for general use.

These unmaintained plugins are listed here.