Install Zotero on Ubuntu¶
Instructions to install Zotero 5 in Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS, as of January 2020.
I follow the installation instructions to install Zotero, but there’s perhaps not enough detail if you’re new to Ubuntu (or, like me, you just forget!).
Download and extract¶
First, download Zotero 5.0 tarball from https://www.zotero.org/download/ then extract the archive using your archive manager.
Create a directory¶
Now you need to make a directory to install it in to. For ease you can
just make this in your home directory, but I do like to keep software
out of my home directory and use
/opt like the installation
Make a directory called
You may find you need to be root to do this initially so open a terminal
sudo mkdir /opt/zotero
and type your password.
Set owner and permissions for the directory¶
Next change the owner of the
zotero directory you’ve just created so
you can access it without root:
sudo chown user:group /opt/zotero
user is you and
group is an optional group name (possibly
staff or similar)). You may also want to change the
permissions so that only
you can write to this folder. For example, I want read, write, and
execute permissions for myself (
7), read permission (
group, and no permissions for everyone else (
0) (so others can read
it but not write to it and bodge it up):
chmod 750 -R /opt/zotero
-R does this recusively (i.e. all files and directories in
Copy the files across¶
Copy the extracted files to
cp -r path/to/extracted/files/* /opt/zotero
* is a wildcard and means, “copy all files and directories in
this directory”. The
-r means copy recursively (i.e. copy all
folders and folder contents). Thanks to Chris Erkal for the reminder.
Log out and back in¶
This might be an
xubuntu quirk, but for the menu item to
work I have to log out and log back in of my account. Once I’ve done
this I can now open Zotero from the menu.