How to connect LibreOffice 7 to JabRef 5.1 in Ubuntu 20


I just moved from Mendeley to JabRef. I am working on Ubuntu 20.04, with LibreOffice 7 and I have installed JabRef 5.1.

I have followed the procedure from this page as well as from the official manual. Alas, I can’t connect to the document.

  1. The java runtime option is selected
  2. both JabRef and the Writer office are open
  3. The connection with LibreOffice is successful and JabRef points to the L.O. executable
  4. but when I try to insert a citation, no document is found;
  5. and I can’t select the document:

    I am running this version of Java:
    $ java -version
    openjdk version “11.0.8” 2020-07-14
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.8+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu120.04)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.8+10-post-Ubuntu-0ubuntu120.04, mixed mode, sharing)
    How can I solve this problem?
    Thank you

I re-installed L.O. and now the connection is automatic. Case closed.

Hello Gigiux,
in my case it isn’t working either. Could you please specify which LO version was installed and which is installed now (snap/deb) and which JabRef package you installed?

I have LO I think the problem was that I first ran a sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-writer libreoffice-java-common jabref java-common to check whether the right java stuff was present. this command installed a LO 6 that interfered with the communication. When I purged LO and re-installed it, the problem was solved.