Mendeley Desktop: Best PDF Annotator for Ubuntu Linux

September 22, 2013 — 2 Comments

Want to annotate PDF file in Linux systems? Well, Mendeley Desktop is one of the best choice. Besides being able to highlight & add note to text / rectangle of PDF, it can also display definition of selected text from, share the document via E-mail and sync library with Mendeley Web.

Mendeley Desktop


Mendeley is available as a basic free version, and also in premium payable versions.

  • Mendeley Desktop, based on Qt, runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Automatic extraction of metadata from PDF papers.
  • Back-up and synchronization across multiple computers and with a private online account.
  • PDF viewer with sticky notes, text highlighting and full-screen reading.
  • Full-text search across papers.
  • Smart filtering, tagging and automatic PDF file renaming.
  • Citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, and LibreOffice.
  • Import of documents and research papers from external websites (e.g., PubMed, Google Scholar, Arxiv) via browser bookmarklet.
  • BibTeX export/file sync
  • Private groups to collaboratively tag and annotate research papers.
  • Public groups to share reading lists.
  • Social networking features (newsfeeds, comments, profile pages, etc.).
  • Usage-based readership statistics about papers, authors and publications.
  • iPhone app
  • iPad app
  • Install Mendeley Desktop in Ubuntu & Other Linux OSs

    For Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and others, download the DEB from the link below:

    Mendeley Desktop for Ubuntu 32-bit | Ubuntu 64-bit

    You may check your system type (32-bit or 64-bit) via System Settings ->Details utility. Once downloaded, install it via below command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T).

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/mendeleydesktop_*-stable_*.deb

    During installation, the Mendeley Ubuntu repository will be added to your list of software sources. You can then use the standard Ubuntu/Debian software update tools to keep Mendeley up to date.

    For other Linux, Windows, and Mac, download Mendeley Desktop installer from this page.

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    2 responses to Mendeley Desktop: Best PDF Annotator for Ubuntu Linux

    1. Thanks. Mendeley is great! I’d been searching for half an hour for a way to highlight pdf text before I found this page. Thanks again for the tip!

    2. Yet another crap Web Based tool you must register for an account, THIS IS NOT A LINUX APP! More privacy issues with cloud based crap!

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