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Zotero Complete Guide

The MGH IHP's complete guide to using and getting the most out of Zotero

Installing Zotero

Installing Zotero

Zotero logo. The letter Z is in burgundy and the remaining letters are in black.

Where do I download Zotero?

Download Zotero here: Zotero download page.

Be sure to also install a Zotero Connector for your browser! 

For Mac users: 

Open the .dmg you downloaded and drag Zotero to the Applications folder. You can then run Zotero from Spotlight, Launchpad, or the Applications folder and add it to your Dock like any other program.

After installing Zotero, you can eject and delete the .dmg file.

For Windows users: 

Simply run the setup program you downloaded from the Zotero website.

For Linux & Chromebook users: 

To set up Zotero for Linux users, see these instructions. 

To set up Zotero on a Chromebook, see Installing on a Chromebook.

How Do I Update to a New Version?

Zotero should update itself automatically by default, or you can go to the Help menu and select “Check for Updates…” to check for updates manually.

You can also always manually install a new version of Zotero over your existing version without losing any data.

If you're currently running Zotero 4.0 for Firefox and wish to upgrade to Zotero 5.0, you'll need to install Zotero 5.0 from the download page along with the new Zotero Connector for Firefox.

See A Unified Zotero Experience on the Zotero website for more information.