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Zotero: Install Zotero and Connectors

Install both parts!

To use Zotero, you'll need to install two things:

  1. The Zotero application itself
  2. A connector to allow your browser to save citations to Zotero

Both of these are available from the Zotero download page.

Step 1: Install the Zotero Application

Zotero download webpage

Download and install Zotero from the Zotero website.

There is a different version of Zotero for each supported operating system: Windows, Mac or Linux.  There is also a different version of the browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.  Zotero will automatically detect your operating system and your browser.

Note: There is currently a compatibility issue between Zotero and Safari.

Step 2. Install connectors

Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.

The Zotero downloads page should automatically detect what browser you're using and give you a link.

Confirmation of successful Zotero browser plugin installation

Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you use Chrome, Firefox and Safari you'll need to install all three.

Video: Zotero Installation

The below video breaks down the process for installing Zotero. Below you'll see a breakdown of those instructions in 2 steps. Questions? Contact Syracuse University Libraries for more help.


This page features material by Jason Puckett from Georgia State University Library's Zotero guide.