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Add papers from or NASA/SAO ADS to your BibDesk bibliography.

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# ADS to BibDesk: Command Line edition

This is the command line edition of ADS to BibDesk, a tool for retrieving the the bibtex, abstract and PDF of an astronomical journal article published on [ADS]( or []( and add it to your [BibDesk]( database.

## Quickstart

ADS to BibDesk can also be run directly from the command line. The command line script can be installed via:

python install

You may need to run the last command with sudo.

Once adsbibdesk is installed, you can call it with the same types of article tokens you can launch the Service with, e.g.,

adsbibdesk 1998ApJ…500..525S

A full summary of adsbibdesk commands is available via

adsbibdesk –help

### Summary of articke tokens

  • The URL of an ADS or arXiv article page,
  • The ADS bibcode of an article (e.g. 1998ApJ…500..525S), or
  • The arXiv identifier of an article (e.g. 0911.4956).
  • An article DOI

## Using PDF Ingest Mode

With the command-line ADS to BibDesk, you can ingest a folder of PDFs that originated from ADS into BibDesk. This is great for users who have amassed a literature folder, but are just starting to use BibDesk. This will get you started quickly.

You need the program [pdf2json]( to use this script. The easiest way to get pdf2json and its dependencies is through [Homebrew](, the Mac package manager. Once homebrew is setup, simply run brew install pdf2json.

To run this workflow,

adsbibdesk -p my_pdf_dir/

where my_pdf_dir/ is a directory containing PDFs that you want to ingest.

Note that this workflow relies on a DOI existing in the PDF. As such, it will not identify astro-ph pre-prints, or published papers older than a few years. Typically the DOI is published on the first page of modern papers. This method was inspired by a script by [Dr Lucy Lim](

## Developer Notes

Do not edit the module in this build directory. It is built by running the script at the root of the git repository. This build script is responsible for inserting AppleScript code into the Python module.

## License

Copyright 2012 Jonathan Sick, Rui Pereira and Dan-Foreman Mackey

ADS to BibDesk is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

ADS to BibDesk is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with ADS to BibDesk. If not, see <>.

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