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EndNote for Macs

Guide to using EndNote on Mac computers


Click this video to see a librarian download and install EndNote X9.3 for the Mac Catalina operating system. This will help you get your EndNote library started.

If you have Mac OS Catalina, you MUST use the EndNote X9.3 or higher.


Mac users, we recommend Firefox for use with EndNote rather than Chrome or Safari. You may want to download Firefox before downloading EndNote, if you don't already have that browser.

  • If you are upgrading from X8 to X9, or from X9.1-X9.2 to X9.3 we recommend that you Sync your records with EndNote Online before downloading X9. You may also want save a copy of your EndNote library to a USB, or external drive, as a back up.

- ‚ÄčOnce you download EndNote from the Library website, look for a .dmg file (image below).

Depending on your browser and where your settings save files, the .dmg file icon could be in the bottom bar of your browser, or in a download section near the top. If your downloaded files go to your desktop, the .dmg file will display as a drive icon, but with a .dmg extension.

- Double-click the .dmg to let it run.

Once the program finishes, you'll have an Installation window. You should NOT get a request for a user key. If you do, contact an EndNote trainer or technical support.

- Double-click on "Install"

You will get a warning that the file downloaded from the Internet, and a prompt asking if you want to open it.

- Click open

You will get a screen showing EndNote is licensed to the University of Georgia license.

- Click Install.

First time users can set up and name a new library.

- When asked whether to "Save as Package." click the box to take the option.

Saving as a Package keeps your .enl and .data files together, which helps prevent file errors.