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How to install Mendeley Desktop for Ubuntu/Debian

We provide software packages for Ubuntu/Debian and a repository which allows you to keep Mendeley up to date using Ubuntu's software update tools.

We currently support Ubuntu 10.04 or Debian Squeeze and newer.

1. Download and install the latest version of Mendeley

Download Mendeley Desktop for Ubuntu/Debian (32 Bit)
Download Mendeley Desktop for Ubuntu/Debian (64 Bit)

Click the link above to download Mendeley. When the download completes, double-click the package and click the Install or Install Package button in the software installer.

If you are using an older version of Ubuntu/Debian, the package may not install automatically after being opened. You can install it manually by opening a terminal and entering:

sudo dpkg -i <path-to-downloaded-package>

During installation, the Mendeley Ubuntu repository will be added to your list of software sources. You can then use the standard Ubuntu/Debian software update tools to keep Mendeley up to date.

2. Run Mendeley Desktop

You can either look for the Mendeley Desktop icon in the Education section of the applications menu or, in a terminal window, enter the following to run Mendeley Desktop as a normal user:

mendeleydesktop
Notes about Mendeley for Debian/Ubuntu

For more information about managing software in Ubuntu, please refer to Ubuntu's documentation.

Ubuntu/Debian will automatically check for updates to Mendeley periodically and notify you via the standard software update tools.
If you want to manually check for and install updates you can do so by opening a terminal and entering:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mendeleydesktop

If you wish to install Mendeley Desktop on a computer which you do not have administrator access to, please use our generic Linux packages.

If you wish to remove Mendeley Desktop, you can do so by using Ubuntu's software management tools or by opening a terminal and running:

sudo apt-get remove mendeleydesktop