πŸŽ„ JabRef 5.0 Beta release πŸŽ„

We are proud to announce the release of the first beta of JabRef 5.0 just in time for Christmas! πŸš€ πŸŽ„

Since the alpha release of Jabref 5.0 we continued fixing bugs and addressed many usability issues.

In total, more than 40 major bugs have been fixed so that JabRef is now more stable and performs better than the previously released alpha. As usually, the Changelog contains a detailed list of all changes.

Our Linux users will surely be happy that we finally offer deb and rpm packages as well as a portable edition, and that we now completly support the X11 primary selection (typically used by the middle mouse key).

After feedback on the new integrated preview next to the entry editor on the alpha version, we added an an option to show the preview as an extra tab in the entry editor (instead of in a split view).

image: Screenshot JabRef 5.0 Alpha Entry Preview

One major feature of the upcoming 5.0 release is the β€œDark Theme” which has been improved since the alpha 5.0. The β€œDark Theme” can be enabled in the preferences under the tab β€œAppearance”.

image: Screenshot JabRef 5.0 Alpha with Dark Theme

We also would like to thank all of our various contributors, translators, testers and donors! This helps us a lot!


With the release of the 5.0-beta we switched to a new native Java build system which allows us to bundle a custom Java runtime together with JabRef. This means that problems with other installed or outdated java versions on the system are a problem of the past. This also means it’s no longer possible to start JabRef directly from the jar. For the installation we now offer self-containing .deb and .rpm files for Linux users and in addtion to the usual installer for Windows. We also offer a portable zip version of JabRef which also includes all necessary files to run JabRef. No installed Java version required.

Known Issues

Currently the following major issues are known:

  • There is a problem loading other citation styles than the default β€œPreview”. #5622
  • The Medline fetcher is not working. #5645
  • On Windows, a command line windows is displayed in the background. #5474

Please report any other issues that you encounter in our bug tracker (in case it was not already reported before).

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