Mendeley on Android – An app guide

One of the big reasons we created the Open APIs into Mendeley data was because we knew we’d never have the time or resources to create everything that you want and we want. Having Mendeley on mobile devices is obviously a big need. That’s why it is great to see third party developers take our APIs and build either full out Mendeley clients, or tiny apps that perform a specific task on a mobile device. Some developers have also tapped into the local storage to build apps. In no particular order then, here are several apps that you can start using on Android enabled devices:


Capable of synchronizing with your Mendeley library and downloading the stored documents. It also provides filtering options (folder, author, tag) and it can be used for searching in the global Mendeley database.
Current features:
– synchronizing all of your Mendeley documents, folders and groups for an offline work
– filtering documents by tags or authors
– sharing documents
– downloading of files attached to a document (viewing in external pdf viewer)
– searching in local library, authors, tags
– searching global mendeley library (voice search available)



Scholarley is developed with tablets in mind, but a mobile version is bundled with it that should be fairly well optimized for smaller screens.
Current Features:
– Authenticate with Mendeley Open API using OAuth
– Show document list sorted alphabetically by Author, Title or Citation Key
– Show documents by folder
– Show authors
– Filter documents by tags
– View document details
– Download documents from Mendeley and open them in an external pdf reader
– Offline sync


Referey allows you to view your Mendeley database and open associated local files on your Android phone.
Referey has the following functions:
– show reference list
– filter by collection or group
– filter by tags, authors, journal and publication date
– sort references
– search
– show reference details including notes and annotations (only the annotation text is shown)
– open associated files from SD card or Dropbox
– send file via email



Currently, only document management functions are available. The following features are available up to now:

– Authenticating with the Mendeley server
– Retrieving the personal list of document collections, own publications, and subscribed group documents
– Listing the documents within the collections
– Listing document details
– Opening associated PDFs (must be manually downloaded to the SDCard first, and must have a filename that includes the complete title
– Caches the data within an Android SQLite database. The database only stores data that has been accessed at some time


This was first launched on the iphone, but now has a Android app.

  • Search across PubMed, PLoS, CiNii, and J-STAGE
  • Send important papers to Mendeley or your PC or Web
  • Bookmark important papers for later
  • Search Mendeley coming soon

14 thoughts on “Mendeley on Android – An app guide

  1. These applications are a good start, but I think with the growing popularity of Android tablets it would be a grave mistake to ignore this chunk of the market. This will create an obstacle to a full market penetration for Mendeley.

    (And btw. thank you for this fantastic tool! Just get it on my new toy 🙂 )

  2. This is nice, but what we need is a consolidated effort from developers working with Mendeley, not just using the APIs. The ONE factor holding me back from purchasing a tablet (Android device or iPad) is the lack of a strong Mendeley app with sync, smooth PDF reading, annotations, etc.

  3. Erik, in the future, there will be no difference between using our APIs externally or internally, and they now support enough functionality to make a full-featured app. I also wish there was a consolidated effort by the developers to make one of the apps really stellar, but Droideley is really quite good as is, have you tried it?

  4. Does Droidely support annotations? Mobile annotations would be a deal maker for me. I would pay for that.

  5. Just so that you are aware; ezPDF on the Android market supports annotations. When coupled with the upcoming Scholarley 1.0.0 (which will most likely support uploading of modified PDFs back to Mendeley), this will achieve everything for which you are particularly requesting.

    As the developer of Scholarley, I anticipate a 1.0.0 release (or at least, a release including PDF upload) before the end of the month :).

  6. Mendeley has decided not to give a damn about the Android platform. They’re instead focusing only on the more expensive, more restrictive and less widely used iOS platform. All of the third-party Android apps struggle with some basic functionality since they’re all essentially charitable efforts. Mendeley knows this and posts like this are merely smokescreens – if not then why don’t you link to this post from your download page on the main site?

    You’ve revealed your priorities and as soon as one becomes available I’ll have to take on a different service, one that treats the majority of the world’s smart device users as first class citizens.

  7. I don’t mean to sound harsh but Mendeley has become so important to me that it’s driving me towards buying a closed product that (Mendeley apart) I have no wish to be involved with 😦

  8. which one has the most features?
    And how does that work if I have the PDFs synced on my mobile device, make changes there like highlighting – which tool syncs that back to the desktop version?

  9. I am trapped. Ipad 3, ASUS EE Prime. Improved Mendeley function is the key to break me free. Is improved functionality (social media integration, annotations, etc) coming to the Android tablet? Take a position so we can move forward with you to take over the world.

    • We’ll continue to feature great apps built with the Mendeley API here on the blog, but if you’re specifically interested in Android, you may want to follow this thread on the feedback forum:

      For example, “We are not currently working on an Android internally; instead we are putting our efforts into improving our API to allow the many talented developers out there to make awesome applications. Two such apps built through our Open API are Scholarley and Droideley, both of which are available through the Android Market / Google Play.”

      Personally, I like Droideley.

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