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EndNote for Macs

Operating system compatibility

Compatibility with OS systems can change very quickly, so please check this link from Thomson-Reuters.

Mac Sierra (OS 10.12)
EndNote X8 is the only version that is compatible with Sierra.
Mac El Capitan (OS 10.11)

EndNote X7.5 and later are compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

EndNote X6 is not officially compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. We will report any major issues and exceptions found to this page. We do not anticipate providing further compatibility updates to fix issues with EndNote X6 and earlier with 10.11.

Yosemite (OS 10.10)
Yosemite.was released about the time as X7.2, which is compatible.

However, you should make sure that your word processor is compatible with your operating system.

Mavericks (OS 10.9) 

The most recent version of EndNote is X7, which is designed to be compatible with Mavericks

Download the X7 for Mac (if you don't already have it). 

Once you install it, it gives the message "You are currently running version Would you like to install this update (version

Select "Download and Install." You may need to repeat this process until you get to the current update version, (file name X7.2 or 17.2)

See the "Update" tab of this guide if you hae any issues with the update process.


  • Mavericks is not officially compatible with EndNote X6. This means that while some users may be able to use X6 and Mavericks, Thomson-Reuters may not necessarily be able to provide technology support should they encounter a issue. Always try contacting Thomson-Reuters first, though. They will tell advise you as much as possible.
  • Mavericks will only work with EndNote via Word for Mac. The new Pages update that is offered when you update to Mavericks will not work with EndNote.

Mountain Lion (OS 10.8)

Officially compatible with X6 and later

Lion (OS 10.7)

Officially compatible with X5 and later

Snow Leopard (OS 10.6)

Officially compatible with X4, X5 and X6. May possibly work with X7, but EndNote does not officially claim compatibility.

Note: When EndNote is not officially compatible with an operating system, it may work for a user, but with some minor glitches or issues. However, support to address those glitches may be limited. If you call Thomson Reuters support when using an operating system with an EndNote version that is not officially compatible, you may be advised to upgrade to the compatible version.

Content updated: October 10, 2014