Importing from EndNote

Citavi can import EndNote Libraries created with EndNote Version 8 or later.

File preparation 

Create an ENLX file from your EndNote Library and its associated PDF files. This is a special archive that combines all the files into a single file.

  1. Open your EndNote Library.
  2. Check whether EndNote is able to find all the PDF files. To do this, use the command Tools > Find Broken Attachment Links. Delete any links for files that EndNote cannot find.
  3. Click File > Compressed Library (.enlx).
  4. Select the options Create, With File Attachments and All References in Library.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select a location and file name to save your file.
  7. Click Save.


In order for Citavi Web to import the data, the ENLX file must not exceed 20 MB. You may first need to break the EndNote database into smaller databases and import them individually.

Completing the import

  1. Open your Citavi project.
  2. Click Add. new_o_black
  3. Select Another reference management program.
  4. Select EndNote.
  5. Click Browse. Select the ENLX file you prepared. It may not exceed 20 MB.
  6. The import will begin automatically. You will receive a notification when it is complete.

Please note:

Citavi cannot import all group associations from current EndNote versions. Some reference types (for example, Hearing) are not available in Citavi. Any references without a corresponding reference type will be assigned the Unknown reference type.

Importing one at a time

If you were using multiple EndNote libraries to create Word publications, import each EndNote library into its own Citavi project. Then use the Citavi Word Add-In to convert the EndNote fields to Citavi fields. After converting all the Word documents, you can then merge individual Citavi projects.