How do I locate Mendeley Desktop database files on my computer?

To locate your Mendeley  Desktop database automatically, please open Mendeley Desktop and press Ctrl + Shift + D on your keyboard (Cmd + Shift + D in Macs) before clicking Open Data Directory to locate your data directory on your hard drive.

You can also find your database manually. Where your database files are stored varies from operating system to operating system. In order to locate yours, open an explorer/finder window and navigate to:

  • Windows Vista/Windows 7: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Mendeley Ltd.\Mendeley Desktop\
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\«Your Name»\Local Settings\Application Data\Mendeley Ltd\Mendeley Desktop\
    Note that you might need to enable the "Show hidden files and folders" setting in Windows Explorer's folder options to be able to navigate to the Mendeley data folder.
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/data/Mendeley Ltd./Mendeley Desktop/
  • MacOS: Macintosh HD -> /Users/«Your Name»/Library/Application Support/Mendeley Desktop
If you cannot locate your Library folder, please do the following:

If you have not entered an e-mail address into Mendeley Desktop, your database file is called "online.sqlite". If you have entered your email address, the local database is a file called "«yourEmailAddress»"; for example, "".
The database file containing information on the selected watched folder settings is called "monitor.sqlite".

Additional note: The database is stored in SQLite format. You can browse its contents using the SQLiteBrowser tool ( amongst others.

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