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I installed Zotero standalone in 12.10 64bit. Some problems which I managed to fix. The one that remains is an error saying " could not communicate with Zotero. make sure zotero standalone or Firefox are open and set to an online state and try again".

That's when I click any button in the Zotero toolbar in libreoffice. Firefox doesn't open with a the plugin installed and a working internet connection. The Zotero troubleshooting which mentions this error was of no help to me. I find reports about this bug going back as far as 2009 but I haven't found anything of help.

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I have had the same trouble. This is my system:

  • Linux Mint 13 with MATE 64 bit
  • Zotero Standalone 3.0.8
  • Libreoffice (included with Linux Mint).

That configuration would not work with Zotero. The error was " could not communicate with Zotero."


  • Use package manager to completely remove Libreoffice.

  • Download the latest version from

  • Unzip it and install it per the Readme text file. It will ask you to open the Libreoffice folders with your terminal, then run sudo dpkg -i *.deb two times - once in the DEBS folder and once in the Desktop Integration folder.

Hope this helps! Like you I had no luck with this at all until I did this re-install of Libreoffice.

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I had the same problem after upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10. Actually the solution is quite simple. Just go to the menu TOOLS>OPTIONS and search for the java section. There select the JRE installed, press OK, restart and thats all.

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