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EndNote referencing software: Get EndNote

Software that helps automate your referencing. In this guide find out about EndNote, download EndNote (UWA staff and students only) and complete our Endnote Learning Path

How to download EndNote Desktop Software


The Endnote Referencing desktop software is provided free to all UWA Staff and Students.   You can download a copy for your personal computer from the University's Software Centre. 

There are just a few things to watch out for when setting up your EndNote desktop software - the most important being to make sure the license file you have downloaded - the License.dat file - is in the same folder as the installation files - ENX9Inst.msi - before starting to install EndNote.

So make sure you download these instructions and follow them to successfully download Endnote from the Software Center. 

Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Windows

Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Mac

Click to download EndNote from the UWA Software Download site


Mac users please note:

  • The Mac operating system, Catalina, released in late September 2019 will only work with EndNote X9.  Make sure you regularly install the EndNote updates when available.
  • When installing EndNote on Mojave OS you may need to perform this additional step
  • EndNote X8.2 will only work on computers running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) and above. 
  • If you upgrade your computer to MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) EndNote X7 will no longer work.  You will have to uninstall EndNote X7 and install EndNote X8.  You will also need Word 15.30 or higher to use Cite While You Write.
  • EndNote X7 and X8 work with Mojave however there are some compatibility issues

Windows users please note:

  • The download option on the UWA Software Download site may not work using Internet Explorer, but will work using Firefox or Chrome.

View our EndNote FAQ page for more instructions and tips for using EndNote. 

System Requirements and Compatibility

EndNote is compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms. For full compatibility details and system requirements, visit

EndNote is compatible with Office 2013 and 2016.  

For more information regarding compatibility with the various versions of Word see the EndNote Knowledge Base entry Office 2013/2016 Compatibility.

Upgrading EndNote from an Earlier Version

It is recommended that you uninstall earlier versions of EndNote before upgrading. Make sure to first back up your libraries, styles, import filters or connection files. If you are currently working on a Word document using your EndNote library, it is suggested that you unformat the document before upgrading EndNote.

If you need more information on uninstalling and installing, check out the EndNote window icon

If you have previously used EndNote, view the newest features on the EndNote website.

EndNote Online Basic

Anyone can sign up for an EndNote Online Basic account.

It is strongly recommended that you install EndNote Desktop first and then create an EndNote Online account from EndNote Desktop.  This will create a fully licensed EndNote Online account which has more features and higher storage limits than the basic account.

  1. Load EndNote Desktop
  2. Complete the Synchronisation process outlined in Synchronising EndNote Desktop and Online.

For a comparison between EndNote Online Basic and EndNote Online Licensed see

Create EndNote Online Account

1. Go to the Edit menu on the EndNote toolbar and select PREFERENCES.

2. Click on SYNC, and then enter the email address and password for your EndNote Online account. If you wish, you can choose the option to Sync Automatically.

3. Before you sync your EndNote Online account with a desktop library for the first time, you might be prompted to ‘register’ the account. You will be prompted to complete a form with additional information about you (optional).

4. You can now sync references between your EndNote desktop and EndNote Online libraries.

EndNote Desktop and Online

EndNote Desktop version must be installed on every computer where you want to use EndNote Desktop. You will find the Endnote software loaded on all of the University Library and Laboratory computers.  As such if you bring have a back-up version of your Endnote Library you can open and add to your library; but will need to keep track of different versions. 

The online version of Endnote  can be used from any computer connected to the Internet.  The desktop and online versions of Endnote can be synchronised; however only one Endnote Library can be synchronised.   Functionality within your online version of Endnote is more limited then the desktop version. 

Both the online and desktop version provide different options for sharing your library with multiple uses.