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- Zotero CLI
Sort and rank your Zotero references easy from your CLI.
This Tinyscript tool relies on
pyzotero for communicating with Zotero’s Web API. It allows to list field values, show items in tables in the CLI or also export sorted items to an Excel file.
$ pip install zotero-cli-tool
The first time you start it, the tool will ask for your API identifier and key. It will cache it to
~/.zotero/creds.txt with permissions set to
rw for your user only. Data is cached to
~/.zotero/cache/. If you are using a shared group library, you can either pass the “
--group”) option in your
zotero-cli command or, for setting it permanently, touch an empty file
- Manually update cached data
$ zotero-cli reset
Note that it could take a while. That’s why caching is interesting for further use.
- Count items in a collection
$ zotero-cli count --filter "collections:biblio" 123
- List values for a given field
$ zotero-cli list itemType Type ---- computer program conference paper document journal article manuscript thesis webpage
- Show entries with the given set of fields, filtered based on multiple critera and limited to a given number of items
$ zotero-cli show year title itemType numPages --filter "collections:biblio" --filter "title:detect" --limit ">date:10" Year Title Type #Pages ---- ----- ---- ------ 2016 Classifying Packed Programs as Malicious Software Detected conference paper 3 2016 Detecting Packed Executable File: Supervised or Anomaly Detection Method? conference paper 5 2016 Entropy analysis to classify unknown packing algorithms for malware detection conference paper 21 2017 Packer Detection for Multi-Layer Executables Using Entropy Analysis journal article 18 2018 Sensitive system calls based packed malware variants detection using principal component initialized MultiLayers neural networks journal article 13 2018 Effective, efficient, and robust packing detection and classification journal article 15 2019 Efficient automatic original entry point detection journal article 14 2019 All-in-One Framework for Detection, Unpacking, and Verification for Malware Analysis journal article 16 2020 Experimental Comparison of Machine Learning Models in Malware Packing Detection conference paper 3 2020 Building a smart and automated tool for packed malware detections using machine learning thesis 99
- Export entries
$ zotero-cli export year title itemType numPages --filter "collections:biblio" --filter "title:detect" --limit ">date:10" $ file export.xlsx export.xlsx: Microsoft Excel 2007+
- Use a predefined query
$ zotero-cli show - --query "top-50-most-relevants"
-” is used for the
fieldpositional argument to tell the tool to select the predefined list of fields included in the query.
This is equivalent to:
$ zotero-cli show year title numPages itemType --limit ">rank:50"
no-attachment: list of all items with no attachment ; displayed fields:
no-url: list of all items with no URL ; displayed fields:
top-10-most-relevants: top-10 best ranked items ; displayed fields:
top-50-most-relevants: same as top-10 but with the top-50
- Mark items
$ zotero-cli mark read --filter "title:a nice paper" $ zotero-cli mark unread --filter "title:a nice paper"
unread: by default, items are displayed in bold ; marking an item as read will make it display as normal
relevant: this allows to exclude a result from the output list of items
unignore: this allows to completely ignore an item, including in the ranking algorithm
Some additional fields can be used for listing/filtering/showing/exporting data.
authors: the list of
citations: the number of relations the item has to other items with a later date
editors: the list of
numAttachments: the number of child items with
numAuthors: the number of
numCreators: the number of
numEditors: the number of
numNotes: the number of child items with
numPages: the (corrected) number of pages, either got from the original or
references: the number of relations the item has to other items with an earlier date
year: the year coming from the
datetimeparsing of the
Extracted fields (from the
comments: custom field for adding comments
results: custom field for mentioning results related to the item
what: custom field for a short description of what the item is about
zscc: number of Scholar citations, computed with the Zotero Google Scholar Citations plugin
PageRank-based reference ranking algorithm
rank: computed field aimed to rank references in order of relevance ; this uses an algorithm similar to Google’s PageRank while weighting references in function of their year of publication (giving more importance to recent references, which cannot have as much citations as older references anyway)