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EndNote for Macs

Guide to using EndNote on Mac computers

The one-behind strategy

There are often issues with third-party programs when a new Mac OS is released. This can require those programs to develop "patches" or "updates." Due to these problems, the UGA Libraries/EITS Mac labs in the MLC run one operating system behind. For example, as Catalina becomes available, we update to Mojave from High Sierra. This is a strategy that you may want to use.

  • Apple menu > System Preferences
  • App Store

You can still automatically check for updates, but disable the automatic download and install. This gives you more control over when you make changes. You can also make sure that security updates are an exception.

What version should I download?

If you are on Mac OS High Sierra or Mojave, we recommend staying with EndNote X9.2.

If you are on Mac OS Catalina YOU MUST use EndNote X9.3. Earlier versions simply will not work.

Please see for more details.

Operating system compatibility

Mac High Sierra (OS 10.13)

Compatibility report as of July 2018

Check this link from Thomson-Reuters for more information on OS 10.12 and lower.

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