I use Zotero to organize papers and sync between my home and work computers. I've got enough papers that Zotero's 100MB free limit is looming.

Is there a way to retarget Zotero to use Ubuntu One's cloud storage instead of Zotero's?

  • Just move the files to the Ubuntu one Folder?... – Uri Herrera Apr 2 '12 at 3:55
  • Zotero is a firefox extension that (as far as I know) doesn't store files locally. Ideally, I'd like a way to retarget zotero to use ubuntu one's API. That would allow me to more easily make use of zotero from my non-ubuntu work computer. – Dan Apr 2 '12 at 3:58
  • I highly doubt you can that that with a simple setting and not without re doing the extension to use Ubuntu One, I'd recommend you to use another cloud service you can use Ubuntu One's web interface , or Dropbox, or Minus, SpiderOak.. etc. for 100MB i'd just stop using them. – Uri Herrera Apr 2 '12 at 4:12
  • Zotero is able to use WebDAV, which, their documentation claimed, is commonly supported by cloud services. Also, the point of using Zotero isn't the 100MB of cloud storage they offer. – Dan Apr 2 '12 at 4:23

Absolutely, positively do not move your Zotero folder into the Ubuntu One sync folder. The Zotero folder contains the Zotero database - zotero.sqlite - and syncing that via sync services like Ubuntu One, Dropbox etc. will very likely lead to database corruption. There are dozens of threads on the Zotero forums of people who wanted to save a couple of bucks by doing this with dropbox and ended up with a hopelessly corrupted database.

Ubuntu One does not support WebDAV, so that's out.

You can put just the storage folder within the Zotero data folder into Ubuntu One. I believe it's possible to designate that folder to be synced by Ubuntu One, otherwise create a symlink to it in the Ubuntu One sync folder. This will allow you to back-up files online and sync them between different computers, but as opposed to syncing through Zotero storage, you won't be able to access the files through your library at zotero.org, nor will you be able to share files in groups.


You might be able to achieve this by going into Zotero's preferences, and setting a custom data directory location. Then mark that folder to be synced by Ubuntu One (or put it inside the Ubuntu One sync folder in the first place).

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