BibDesk is a graphical bibTeX bibliography manager for Mac OS X.


  • Manage BibTeX references
  • Find references
  • Import references
  • Export references

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  • BibDesk is by far the best reference manager there is today. No other one, and I know the crowd, some even very intimately, comes even close to BibDesk in terms of power (features) and ease of use. Also support and design principles are excellent. An open source project that shines. I am working with BibDesk since many years and therefore do refute some of the criticism mentioned here, since some, e.g. the alleged editing of several publications at once, do actually not apply and BibDesk offers excellent means to accomplish this. Finally, there is nothing you can't do using AppleScripts, if you are missing a very specific feature, thanks to the excellent design behind BibDesk.

  • Good, reliable tool that works well in my research workflow. BibDesk, Skim, Texpad for the desktop, and PocketBib, GoodReader, Texpad for iPad. Dropbox for storage.

  • It's rock solid, it's open source, and it writes most of its stuff into a human-readable, industry standard bibtex. That's almost all I could ask for.

  • BibDesk works wonderful.

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  • Good project!

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Intended Audience

Science/Research, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Cocoa (MacOS X)

Programming Language

C, Objective C