Zotero Plugin Recommendation and Download

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Zotero is a very useful open-source reference management software. After comparing Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero, I ultimately chose Zotero as my own reference management software for the following reasons:

  • Support for webdav synchronization of reference records and PDF attachments
  • Rich extension plugins
  • Support for markdown notes

This article mainly introduces some commonly used Zotero plugins, along with their download links, and discusses my experience using them. The order is based on what I personally consider to be the most useful.


Download link: zotero-style

Plugin documentation: Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.

This plugin integrates many functions, including but not limited to:

  • #tag: Adding the symbol # before a tag can solve the problem of Zotero not displaying tag text
  • Journal tags: Can retrieve and display journal information from easyscholar
  • Progress: Displays reading progress and annotation progress
  • Custom author column display format
  • PDF background color modification

For detailed instructions on how to use it, please refer to the documentation above.


Download link: zotero-night

Zotero's dark mode plugin, it is basically the best dark mode for PDFs that I have used. The dark mode supports two color modes: one is a deep purple background similar to Dracula, and the other is a pure black mode. The color scheme of text and images in PDFs will change in dark mode. The effects are as follows:

Default white mode
Dracula mode
Pure black mode

(In short, it is very useful)


Project link: MuiseDestiny/zotero-gpt: GPT Meet Zotero. (github.com)

Download link: zotero-gpt

Zotero's GPT plugin, supports gpt-3.5 turbo and gpt-4. It has functions such as asking questions about PDFs, translation, and improving writing.

The steps to use it are as follows:

  1. Install the zotero-gpt plugin like installing other plugins.

  2. Press Ctrl+/ to activate it.

  3. Enter /secretKey sk-<your gpt key>, as shown in the figure below:

  4. Enjoy your gpt.


Download link: zotero-better-notes

Zotero note enhancement software, opens a dedicated area for note recording. It has better compatibility with markdown syntax and supports bidirectional references. It is still a powerful tool, but I rarely use it after using the note software "joplin".


Download link: zotero-pdf-translate

Zotero translation plugin, built-in with many translation engines that can be freely selected. It can also integrate with professional translation engines provided by some cloud service providers to achieve better translation results. Although I haven't used this feature much, giving users a high degree of freedom to choose is a good thing.


Download link: jasminum

A well-known Chinese literature management plugin, but I don't use it frequently, so I won't comment on it.