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I’m a coding newbie and am trying to get some experience. I love this program and would like to help, if I can. I’m running into a problem with classes in the importer and exporter packages not being able to locate the fileformat.mods classes. I located the class /JabRef/src/main/java/org/jabref/logic/importer/fileformat/mods/ and tried to figure out what to do with that information, but I’m stumped! Can you please let me know? I have the application running fine on my desktop, including opening the test files, so I’m not sure why these few classes won’t compile in Eclipse.
Thanks for any help!

Hi Mary!
Thanks for your interest in contributing some code to JabRef! That sounds great!

Regarding your problem: We are using the build system gradle that downloads all necessary libraries and is also able to create preconfigured eclipse projects for you.

To build JabRef from source you can execute the so called gradle wrapper by the command gradlew build in the root path of the downloaded JabRef repository. Then everything is downloaded, compiled and built automatically. To create a eclipse project just run gradlew eclipse. More on this topic can be found here.

If you are looking for some tasks checkout the Issue tracker at GitHub - especially those issues tagged with “beginner” might be a good start:

To get newbies started we also have a Contribution guide here:
And there is also a Wiki with some more information:

Don’t hesitate to ask if you need further assistance!

Best regards,