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 2.15.1

Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings

Great app, needs performance improvements


Hi, I very much enjoy the Mendeley app, it’s definitely my reference library manager to go. However, the current implementation certainly underperforms under heavy load. I have bought the premium plan (so to accommodate more than 4 GB of .pdf files), but when choosing to sync/download all of them, all hell breaks loose. You developers know better if that’s due RAM memory issues or whatever. But when offer paid plans make sure the customers get what they’re paying for. I’m sure you’re working on it, so I’m looking forward to future app versions. Also, please make sure that .pdf files can easily be imported to the app. He safari extension you’re suggesting is currently a dead link. All the best and much appreciation for your hard-work.

Acceptable but could be much more


I use mendeley as the primary reference manager on my laptop, where it does an amazing job. The ease of importing into the mobile app is good, but I really want to be able to free-form annotate files using the Pencil without having to leave the app: this would be a fantastic feature. This would enable me to mark-up my annotations and sync them across all devices without having to:
Export from mendeley to GoodNotes
Mark up in GoodNotes
Re-import into mendeley
Delete the original reference
In the process this also freezes the annotations in place, leaving me no way of modifying them later on.

With real pen support, this app would be the one-stop place for annotation and serious academic reference management with sync back to a “proper” computer.

Excellent app

Garry Singh Dalla

But unfortunately it is crashing now after this recent update. Please fix it as soon as possible.


Elsevier Inc.
102.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.


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