Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers.

Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.

• Read, highlight & annotate PDFs from anywhere
• Sync annotations & documents across all your devices
• Save PDFs to your Mendeley library from other apps or your web browser
• Use Mendeley offline during your commute, and sync when you have connection
• Search your library for keywords in the Title, Authors, Publication or Abstract
• Edit document details (Title, Authors, Publication details, etc…)
• Download or remove PDFs on demand, to easily manage device storage space
• All features are available on your Tablet or Phone

"What [Mendeley] are up to is boldly innovative. The Mendeley team is attempting nothing less than changing the way scientists conduct and share their research." - Wired

What’s New

Version 2.16.6

• Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

BurtCummings11 ,

Works well, some glitches/crashes

The app works well and is convenient to sync between devices (e.g., desktop and iPad). However, some constant glitches are quite annoying. After highlighting one page of a PDF with an Apple Pencil, the highlighter function stops on the next page, and I must exit the PDF or fiddle between switching the pen’s functionality as navigation and highlighter until it finally recognizes the highlighter function. This has been a problem since I began using this app 5 months ago.

Occasional crashes during normal use and during multitasking, but not frequent enough to make the app unusable.

I can recommend this app if you no longer have access to your office printer and need to make a switch to a tablet reader. The functionality and convenience is better than the native Apple PDF reader, but the crashes and glitches make it less than ideal.

Note: I use Mendeley on Windows 10 laptop and iPad Pro 12.9 (1st gen, always most recent iOS).

T-Akers ,

App crashes. Update says it took care of that problem but it didn’t

It is very hard to give a good rating to an app that crashes every time I try to open it. You’re better off to use the desktop version or print your documents. I don’t want to go back a decade in my technology when I have 150+ articles to sift through.

Too sim ,

Full of bugs

I use Mendeley on my iPad Pro 12.9 3rd. After I update to the ipadOS 13, it cannot be used anymore. Every time I open it, it will crash and does not response any more. Hope your engineers and experts can fix the bugs ASAP. I really enjoy read and marks papers on Mendeley.

good luck!

App Privacy

The developer, Elsevier Inc., indicated that the app's privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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