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I download the file from the home page of zotero, extract it and run the file '', but it open zotero rather than install it. How to install it? Any help or suggestion will be appreciated!

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which version of Ubuntu you are using ?? – Raja Aug 13 '13 at 14:55
I use ubuntu 13.04 – Eden Harder Aug 13 '13 at 15:01
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This project is designed to automate installation. It worked for me with 13.04. To install it, run the following in your terminal:

wget -O /tmp/
chmod +x /tmp/

and answer the questions. If you want it to be installed globally, you will need sudo on the last command:

sudo /tmp/
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I suggest you add a ppa so that the program gets updated regularly:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl 

Say yes/press enter to accept any requests.

sudo apt-get update

wait for it to complete, then:

sudo apt-get install zotero-standalone

This will install the program.

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I try this code, but 'E: Unable to locate package zotero-standalone '. – Eden Harder Aug 13 '13 at 15:01
Actually this PPA is only for upto 12.10 but OP using 13.04 .sp it doesnt work for him. – Raja Aug 13 '13 at 15:12
Well I was able to install it from 13.04 using the commands I gave. Eden, did you run the second command after running the first? – Boluc Papuccuoglu Aug 13 '13 at 16:22
Yeah, I run all the command in order. – Eden Harder Aug 14 '13 at 2:14
Working with 14.04 for me :) – nealmcb Mar 1 '15 at 0:44

I have searched and came to know that , there only standalone Zotero PPA not yet made for Ubuntu 13.04 . you can run it as you've done with the script upto PPA made.

but Ubuntu have a good Documentation for Zotero that can help you to get more information on usage of it.

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Thanks! I make it a startup application and this will be ok. – Eden Harder Aug 14 '13 at 6:48

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