Paperpile 4+

Manage research papers

Paperpile LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 115 Ratings
    • Free



Get a head start for you research and finally beat the paper chaos on your desk. With Paperpile you have all your research PDFs in one place — nice and tidy. Paperpile makes it easier than ever to collect, manage, read, and annotate your papers.


- Search millions of papers from 20,000+ academic journals right in the app.
- Add new papers to your collection with one tap and the PDF will be downloaded automatically.
- Save directly from your browser to your Paperpile library
- User your university's off-campus proxy access to get restricted content behind paywalls.


- Bring structure to your library with folders and subfolders
- Organize your library visually with colored labels
- Mark important papers with stars.
- Search your library to find the paper you need fast.


- Read like on paper with a fast and slick PDF viewer experience
- Highlight important sections in different colors
- Add notes and never forget an important idea.
- Add hand-drawn annotations - with your fingers or your Apple Pencil

The Paperpile App requires a Paperpile account.

What’s New

Version 1.3.7

- Fixes and improvements for PDF imports from Science Direct and other publisher sites.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

rachelinq ,

Yes this is your best reference manager!

This is probable my first review on AppStore. The reason I start this review is because you should not miss this wonderful app because this is your best reference manager! As a researcher, I have used zotero + papership to manage the papers I read in the past few years. One of the biggest issue is I am not able to label or categorize my papers very well. But Paperpile saves my life and provides this feature! This app is wonderful, and I definitely recommend this app to everyone who has the need to read and annotate many academic papers! One feature I would highly expect is to support browser. Currently you can only use it on chrome, which means they only provide the extension on chrome for you to save the paper as well (from arxiv for example). It would definitely be a huge help if we can support safari and other browsers in the future! Love Paperfile ❤️

Soladad_26 ,

Makes life so EASY!

This is a wonderful reference manager! I’ve been needing to find a great manager that allows me to organize and sort my papers as I wish and this app does just that! I love how easy it is to organize my references as well as sort out certain papers based on a label. It was so easy to sign in to my university account to get access to all the journals out there AND I don’t have to re-sign in! It’s so seamless everytime!! I also think that annotating the document is pretty easy and smooth.

There is one thing I will say though that I wish Paperpile did offer, and that is the ability to “cite while you write”. I know some other managers offer that and I really think it would be a great way to level up this application to a different level.

Overall, a really great reference manager that I enjoy!

freckledmilk ,

Great but a little bare bones

I prefer this reference manager over all of the others on the market, but I do find it lacking in a few features that would add so much to the user experience. For one, it would be great if we could upload PDF files of journal articles directly from the iPhone or iPad app instead of having to go on the Chrome web app to do so (because of the way my institution proxy access works, automatic downloads only work around ~80% of the time). It would also be nice to see some more configuration options in the settings menu. I also want the ability to manually edit citation fields. In the case of some older papers going back decades, the digital archiving isn’t perfect so my collection of citations doesn’t look as neat & tidy as I’d like. These minor grievances aside, it is really a great system and I will continue to rely on Paperpile for my references.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your nice words. Our goal is to have all the features in our web app also on iOS eventually. That will take a bit more time.
You already should be able to share PDFs from your iPad with the Paperpile app to add it to your library.

App Privacy

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

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  • Usage Data
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