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Managing your references: Mendeley Desktop (old Mendeley)

Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is the original version of the citation software, which allows you to collect and organise citations in a 'library'. Mendeley Desktop is compatible with:


Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 – Version 1803.


macOS 10.10 (Yosemite), macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS 10.12 (Sierra), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).


Ubuntu and Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu and Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Debian Stretch 9.


See Mendeley's website for up to date compatibility with operating systems:

Download Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is the original version of Mendeley's citation software and Elsevier intend to eventually replace it with the new version, Mendeley Reference Manager. Mendeley Desktop is only being updated when major bugs are identified that prevent it from working. You may like to think about whether you would like to use this version when there is a risk it will be be retired. For instance, for a short-term project you may decide it is acceptable to use Mendeley Desktop but is riskier for a long term project.

To use Mendeley Desktop, you need to download the software:

You will also need to register and create an Elsevier account. This enables you to store your references online and sync them with your desktop library:

You will need to install the word processor plugin separately. Instructions can be found on the Mendeley website:

Need help with Mendeley?

For help with Mendeley please email

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