Integration with other Websites and Services

BibSonomy integrates well with other websites, content management systems, and reference managers. Furthermore, you can connect BibSonomy to your own software using one of our API (application programming interface) clients. The following list describes ways to integrate BibSonomy with various systems and technologies - ranging from code snippets to complete and powerful, easy-to-install plugins or API clients.


Bookmarking web pages and publications is very easy with our BibSonomy browser plugins, adding three useful buttons to your browser's navigation bar. At the moment there are plugins available for Chrome/Chromium, for Firefox and for Safari. If you do not wish to install a plugin or if you use another browser, you might like the JavaScript Bookmarklets with similar functionality.

Chrome / Chromium

Add three useful BibSonomy control buttons to your Chrome/Chromium browser by installing this add-on. One will be a quick link to your my BibSonomy page. The other two buttons enable you to store bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy by only clicking a button or by using keyboard shortcuts. You can find the description and the download on the Browser Add-ons & Bookmarklets page.


Add on
Add three useful BibSonomy control buttons to your Firefox browser by installing this add-on. One will be a quick link to your my BibSonomy page. The other two enable you to store bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy by only clicking a button or by using keyboard shortcuts. Please find description and download on the Browser Add-ons & Bookmarklets page.

You can search for content from BibSonomy directly in the Firefox address bar.

  • First, you have to create a new bookmark. To do so, click on "Show your bookmarks" (on the right next to the bookmark star symbol) and then on "Show All Bookmarks". On the left, click on "Bookmarks Toolbar" (or on any of the other options), then, above, click on "Organize" und finally on "New Bookmark...".

  • Search in your BibSonomy account
    When you want to search in your own BibSonomy account, enter the following into the input fields:
    Name: Search My BibSonomy
    Location: www.bibsonomy.org/user/YOUR_USERNAME/%s
    Keyword: bs
    Now you can enter the following search request in the Firefox address bar:
    bs myown 2015, to find all entries of yours with the tags myown and 2015.

  • Global Search in BibSonomy
    When you want to search for entries in the entire BibSonomy system, enter the following into the input fields:
    Name: Global Search BibSonomy
    Location: www.bibsonomy.org/search/%s
    Keyword: as
    Now you can enter the following search request in the Firefox address bar:
    as java, to find all entries in BibSonomy that are tagged with java.


Zotero is an extension for Firefox and helps you to collect, manage and cite publications. We support exporting citation information from BibSonomy to Zotero as well as importing entries from the Zotero library to BibSonomy. Click here to find out how to do so.


Add three useful BibSonomy control buttons to your Safari browser by installing this add-on. One will be a quick link to your my BibSonomy page. The other two buttons enable you to store bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy by only clicking a button or by using keyboard shortcuts. You can find the description and the download on the Browser Add-ons & Bookmarklets page.



BibLaTex is an extension for BibTex. It gives you many more options to easily configure your bibliographies and citations. It is e.g. now possible to just add the following two lines to the LaTeX project header to not having to bother with different keys and inconsistent bibliographies:


Now every time the PDF file is compiled, the list of publications in BibSonomy with the tag "myown" from the user "thoni" will be downloaded.

To print your bibliography, you just need to type


You can find a more detailed tutorial here.


You can exchange articles between the reference manager software Citavi and BibSonomy. Instructions for that are given in this tutorial.


Emacs is a powerful, customizable text editor. The package AUCTeX turns Emacs into a comfortable LaTeX environment. In our blog post we describe how to setup Emacs to automatically make use of BibTeX references stored in BibSonomy.


JabRef is open source literature management software and uses the BibTeX format as the standard format.

BibSonomy plugin
Caution: Since JabRef version 2.12, plugins are no longer supported in JabRef!
To exchange literature data between BibSonomy and JabRef easier and faster, you can use the BibSonomy plugin for JabRef. Read more information on installation and usage.

Extract Jabref-layouts from Jar-files
In JabRef, you can export your literature data in user-defined formats. These formats are called layouts und are defined in layout files. On our developer page, you can download the currently available layouts as a JAR file. You can open this file using an unzip tool like WinZip. You will find the layouts under the path \\org\\bibsonomy\\layout\\jabref.

To use a layout, you have to extract its '.begin' and '.end' files in combination with the respective layout-file. For example, if you want to use the Harvard HTML JabRef layout, you have to extract the files 'harvard.layout', 'harvard.begin.layout' and 'harvard.end.layout'.


KBibTeX is a KDE application to manage your publications offline similar to JabRef. It integrates several online services and allows to store the found data. It also supports searching in BibSonomy.

Sublime Text

The text editor Sublime Text has a LaTeX type setting plugin called Latexing. The plugin offers integration with BibSonomy and is explained in a tutorial.


TeXlipse is the LaTeX development plugin for Eclipse. The TeXlipse BibSonomy extension adds BibSonomy support to that plugin to manage your references. Installation and usage are documented in this tutorial.



An interesting tool from Christian Schenk is the Confluence plugin. The plugin allows you to show a tag list/cloud and the most recent BibTeX posts on any page in Confluence.


This BibSonomy addon for Google Docs allows you to cite directly from BibSonomy in Google Docs. Follow these instructions to learn how to do so.


With the BibSonomy Scholar Plugin for Chrome, you can connect BibSonomy and GoogleScholar. It is then possible to manage publications directly in the GoogleScholar web interface. The extension can be added at the Chrome Web Store. More information on the GoogleScholar extension can be found in the BibSonomy blog.


Moodle is a popular platform for E-Learning. BibSonomy can enhance course descriptions and E-Learning projects by offering literature, e.g. in form of RSS feeds. A module description as well as instructions for course administrators and users can be found on the Moodle help page and here.

Your own website

There are several ways to incorporate BibSonomy content or links to BibSonomy into your own website.

Bookmark Links

Many websites provide links or buttons on their web pages to allow visitors to share it easily in social networks or bookmarking services. You can add such a link for BibSonomy on your own website or blog using a short JavaScript snippet that can be found on the Browser Add-ons & Bookmarklets page and on the JavaScript codesnippet page.

Tag Clouds

BibSonomy offers the possibility to integrate its tag clouds, for example for your publications, into your private website. For this purpose BibSonomy provides a JSON feed for tags which is processed by JavaScript snippets. At the moment this feature is only available for the BibTeX page, but will be extended to all pages offering tag clouds in the near future.
Have a look at the example and test the different arguments in the form. The tag cloud belongs to the following publication:

Andreas Hotho and Robert Jäschke and Christoph Schmitz and Gerd Stumme. BibSonomy: A Social Bookmark and Publication Sharing System. Proceedings of the Conceptual Structures Tool Interoperability Workshop, 2006.

Proceed as follows to integrate a tag cloud into your page:

  • Insert these lines into your HTML code where the tag cloud shall be shown:

    <div id="tags"> 
    <div class="title">${project.name} Tags</div> 
    <ul id="tagbox" class="tagcloud"></ul> 
  • Include a reference to the processing JavaScript file (The JavaScript file can be found here):

    <script type="text/javascript" src="tagCloud.js"> 
  • If you want to format your tag cloud like in the example above, use this CSS file and include it as follows. If you do not like this particular style or it just does not fit to your existing website style, you can of course use your own stylesheets.

    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="tagCloud.css" />
  • Finally, you need to activate the JavaScript function getTags(). You have to enter three arguments.

    • First, the URL providing the JSON feed. For example /json/tags/bibtex/1d28c9f535d0f24eadb9d342168836199 for all tags related to that publication.

    • The second argument is the limit of tags to retrieve.

    • Finally, the order of the tags. You can choose between an alphabetic order using the keyword alpha or a tagcount order using the keyword frequency.

      The following example retrieves 25 tags related to that publication in alphabetic order. The tag cloud will be filled in dynamically with the retrieved tags.
      getTags(/json/tags/bibtex/1d28c9f535d0f24eadb9d342168836199, 25, "alpha")

You can find another tutorial on how to integrate tag clouds into your website on this page.

Post Lists

Embed a list of posts (e.g. your own publications) on your own website in the same way they look in BibSonomy. Just include an iframe in your HTML code that looks like this:

<iframe name='my publications' 
    style='border: none;'>
  Unfortunately, your browser is not capable of showing embedded frames (iframes).

The URL can be any BibSonomy page, e.g. your user page or the page of your group. It is important to add the URL parameter format=embed. For example, http://www.bibsonomy.org/user/jaeschke/myown?items=1000&resourcetype=publication&sortPage=year&sortPageOrder=desc&format=embed displays all (up to 1000) publication posts of the user jaeschke that are tagged with "myown", sorted by year descending.

JSON feed

For every BibSonomy page you can get a JSON feed of it by prepending json/ to the path part of the URL, e.g., to get the JSON feed for /tag/json, use the page /json/tag/json.

This gives you an Exhibit compatible JSON feed including all bookmark and publication posts of the respective page. To include the JSON feed into your Exhibit, add a link to it into the header of your Exhibit HTML code.

<link href="http://www.bibsonomy.org/tag/json?callback=cb" type="application/jsonp" rel="exhibit/data" ex:jsonp-callback="cb" />

Have a look at this list of publications to see what is possible using JSON and Exhibit with only some lines of HTML.

Users of our existing JSON feed should note that the format was slightly changed:

  • The tags are now contained in the list with the key items and not tags.
  • The name of the tag is expressed using the key label and not name.
  • There are two more lists (types and properties) to allow easier Exhibit integration.


Our TYPO3 extension BibSonomy CSL allows you to create publication lists containing bibliographic references stored at BibSonomy or tag clouds from your BibSonomy tags. The extension helps researchers to easily organize publication lists in TYPO3, both for personal home pages or to list publications of a research group or project. With BibSonomy CSL you can display publication lists/tag clouds choosing one of many available bibliographic styles from the Citation Style Language (CSL). Individual styles can easily be added. Furthermore, you may choose to make documents (attached to the BibSonomy posts) available for download, to provide preview images and to reference BibTeX or Endnote. To install the extension please visit the official BibSonomy CSL page in the TYPO3 extension repository. The TYPO3 extension is an open source project.
For more information, read the tutorial about TYPO3 integration.


For WordPress there is a plugin to create publication lists from posts stored in BibSonomy. To render the list, you can choose one of many available bibliographic styles from the Citation Style Language (CSL). Individual styles can easily be added. The plugin allows the direct integration with BibSonomy: You can integrate publication lists into your blog posts or pages. It allows you to offer your documents (attached to your posts) for download and to render preview images.
For further information and download, read our WordPress tutorial.


To integrate BibSonomy into a XWiki page, proceed as follows:

  1. Make sure the XWiki RSS Feed Plugin is installed in your XWiki instance by editing your xwiki.cfg file (it is installed by default).
  2. Edit the wiki page where you want to display BibSonomy data.
  3. Enter the following code activating the XWiki RSS macro
    where the feed parameter is linked to the RSS data you want to get displayed on that page.
  4. Save the page.

The BibSonomy data should then be displayed on your page.

If you want to customize the way each feed item gets displayed, you can use XWiki Velocity or Groovy Scripting features as shown in this Groovy example:

feed =}} 
{{for (entry in feed.entries) {}} \\ {{desc = entry.getDescription().value}} 
{{ } 

Example: Nepomuk publications


You can integrate BibSonomy content into the content management system of Zope.

Lists of posts can be displayed using the BibSonomy RSS feed on your Zope page. Have a look at the detailed description of the RDF Summary product of Zope.

Tag clouds
In Zope, tag clouds can be created following our tutorial.


Digital Libraries

With BibSonomy, you are able to extract and store information from digital, public online libraries (OPAC) easily and fast. Click here to find out which libraries are linked to BibSonomy.

Discovery Service

Many libraries in Germany use Resource Discovery Services (RDS) for inventory management. BibSonomy provides a direct RDS interface. You can learn how to use this interface here.

OpenURL resolver

You can you connect your BibSonomy user profile with your library's URL resolver. This way all URLs, also in publications, can be resolved via your library. You can find instructions for this here.


Bookmark Exporter

With the Python based export function you can download your BibSonomy bookmarks and publications and store them in a file. Read more in the Instructions.

Link checker

This link status checker checks whether your BibSonomy bookmarks are still downloadable.


RSS is a family of formats to create feeds of frequently updated information. Follow our tutorial to learn how to subscribe to a particular RSS feed from BibSonomy. You can stay informed about recent post of particular tags, users, or groups.


BibSonomy provides a webservice using Representational State Transfer (REST), a software architectural style for distributed hypermedia systems. The REST API is intended for developers who want to develop applications which interact with BibSonomy.
You can use the provided client library, written in Java to access the API or you can directly interact with the webservice if you would like to write a client in a language other than Java.
To get access to the API, you will need your API key. You can find it on the settings page in the tab "settings".


You can access the REST API by the programming language Java.


Restclient PHP is a package of PHP scripts containing a RESTClient and some utilities that are useful for the development of PHP applications that shall interact with the BibSonomy REST API. The RESTClient maps functions provided by the BibSonomy REST API.


There is an API client to retrieve posts using the programming language Python.
The provided export function allows you to download posts and store them in a file. Read more in the Instructions.



Gunnar Aastrand Grimnes created the Android application Bibsonomy Poster that allows posting with a single click from an Android device. The code repository can be found here.


OAuth is an established protocol for secure API authorization which allows users to grant third party applications access to their data without being obliged to enter credentials outside of BibSonomy. Learn here how to establish a connection between your application and BibSonomy via OAuth.

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