How to import a Papers Archive to Papers 3 for Mac

A Papers Archive is a package that contains both your PDFs and metadata. A Papers 3 Archive is easily handled by Papers 3 for Mac, Windows, and iOS.

These instructions outline how to import an existing library as a Papers Archive on Mac. Not using Mac? Find out how to import a Papers Archive in Papers 3 for Windows and iOS.

  1. Open Papers 3 and go to File > Import > Papers Archive.

  2. Select the desired Papers Archive and click Import.

  3. Papers will now import the Papers Archive. This can take some time, depending on the size of the Archive.