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A command line tool to manage scientific papers.

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Papr is a tool to manage and quickyl access scientific papers from the command line.


  • Fast search: search in the title of papers via regular expressions.
  • Notes: create notes for each paper.
  • Rating of papers: rate your papers via five star rating system.
  • Tags: assign each paper different tags.



You can install papr via pip:

pip install papr

Getting started.

Papers are organized in repositories. To create a repository change into a directory where the repository should be created and type papr init. Example:

cd astro_repo
papr init

This will create a directory .paper in the astro_repo directory to store metadata. All PDFs will be stored in astro_repo.

Default repositories

The last repository which you create with papr init is set as the default repository. If you call papr without being in a repository the default repository will be used for all operations. Otherwise, the current working directory will be used as the repository.

Fetch a paper from or

Fetching a document from arXiv is quite easy. You just have to provide the URL of the abstract and papr will download the PDF and will automatically extract the title. Example:

papr fetch

The same does also work for papers on

papr fetch


When you have added papers to your repository you can run papr by simply executing:


You will see your list of papers through which you can navigate.

Further information

Run papr --help for further information.

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