Restore your library from backup

Some issues you encounter can be resolved by using a back up of your library.

Papers 3 Mac

If using a Mac, it is best to use Time Machine to back up your entire system. This will include your Papers library.

Back Up Your Current Library

  • Prior to restoring from a backup, it is best to do a full backup to Time Machine.

Find a Previous Version of Your Library

  • Make sure that Papers is closed and that citations is not running
  • Enter Time Machine and go back to a point before the trouble
  • Go to your Documents folder or your Dropbox folder (this will depend on where you store your library)
  • Find and copy the library.papers3 file and restore it
  • Press cmd-shift-g, type this: ~/library/application support/
  • You should now see a Papers 3 folder, please restore this
  • Press cmd-shift-g, type this: ~/library/preferences/
  • Here you're looking for a file called "com.mekentosj.papers3.plist", please restore this as well.

Open Papers with the Restored Library

  • Reopen Papers.

Papers for Windows

Back Up Your Current Database

  • Go to Windows Explorer and type %appdata%
  • Navigate to your local library (it is usually located at C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Mekentosj\Papers3)
  • Open the Papers 3 folder
  • Select the library.papers3 folder
  • Copy the database.papersdb file and paste it somewhere safe

Find a Previous Version on Your Backup

  • Open your backup and go back to a point in time before the corruption
  • Go to C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Mekentosj\Papers3
  • Find and copy the library.papers3 file
  • Exit your backup

Open Papers with the Restored Library

  • Again go to Windows Explorer and type %appdata%
  • Navigate to your local library (it is usually located at C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Mekentosj\Papers3)
  • Open the Papers 3 folder
  • Replace the current library.papers3 folder by pasting the one you copied earlier in its location
  • Restart Papers for Windows