Synchronizing attached files in Zotero

Zotero offers free database synchronization across devices, but if you want to synchronize more than 300Mb of attached files through Zotero’s official storage service, you will have to subscribe to a paid plans.

For not searching enough in Zotero’s documentation, I initially thought Zotero’s official storage service was the only way to go. For a while, I had been using a hand-made  iffy solution relying on a dropbox-like synchronization of my “Literature” folder, in order to have my attached files synchronized without paying. I discovered the hard way that this “solution” was not without problems (see https://forums.zotero.org/discussion/56023?page=1#Item_4).

Then, as I was working out the problems with my hand-made solution, I rediscovered that Zotero’s folks are really all you can expect from open-source developers. Among other things — and  unlike folks at Mendeley, they do not want to trap you into using their own storage service. This means you can safely use a free third party storage to synchronize your attached files. Just follow the procedure described  on https://www.zotero.org/support/sync, under the title WebDAV.

Zotero even maintains a list of third party storage providers which are known to work fine with Zotero : https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/webdav_services.

I personally chose 4shared and have been happy with it so far (4shared’s connection to Zotero used to be a little hard to set up — see http://www.steletch.org/spip.php?article83, but this problem was solved in later versions of Zotero).

 

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