I'm sorting a lot of PDFs files(most of them are academic papers) and am looking for a software which can atuomatically detect and extract titles, authors, and refrences. Is there any software or library like this?

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    I suggest that "cataloguing" (or similar) may be a more precise term to include in the question, as opposed to sorting which implies rearranging your files. – kwah Sep 12 '16 at 1:23
  • For which operating system? – unor Sep 16 '16 at 16:40

Mendeley is specifically designed for this sort of work that you are doing with online & desktop clients.

  • Thank you for your answer. This is what I have been looking for! – Harutaka Kawamura Sep 11 '16 at 12:44

Zotero is excellent for this purpose, since it automatically extracts metadata from PDFs and organizes them for you in a library.

zotero library screenshot showing library and import function

Unlike Mendeley, it is open source. You can use it either as a Firefox add-on or a standalone application:



If the titles, authors, references contain any strings that indicate what they are, you might be able to use the pdf2text library, which simply extracts all strings from PDF files.


I am using All My Books program for managing my e-books including e-books in PDF format. May be this program can help you. However, it does not analyzing the contents, it extracts meta-data (title, author) automatically if it is available. Also, it uses the first page of the document as a cover thumbnail. Use menu item "Book - Scan drive for books..." to find your PDF files and add them in a batch mode. After that, you you can browse the documents either by cover thumbnails or by title list. You can sort by any field if they are not empty.

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