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Biber is a BibTeX re­place­ment for users of bibla­tex, with full Uni­code sup­port.

Please note–the de­fault down­load for all plat­forms is 64-bit. Please look in the files sec­tion for the cor­rect 32-bit plat­form in­stead of us­ing the de­fault down­load but­ton if you want 32-bit.


Biber is writ­ten in Perl with the aim of pro­vid­ing a cus­tomised and so­phis­ti­cated data prepa­ra­tion back­end for bibla­tex.

You do not need to in­stall Perl use biber–bi­na­ries are pro­vided for many op­er­at­ing sys­tems via the main dis­tri­bu­tions (Live, Mac, MiK) and also via down­load from SourceForge.

You only need a Perl in­stal­la­tion to use biber in one of the fol­low­ing cases:

  • A bi­nary ver­sion is not avail­able for your OS/plat­form
  • You wish to keep up with all of the bleed­ing-edge git com­mits be­fore they
  • are pack­aged into a bi­nary.

For the vast ma­jor­ity of users, us­ing the lat­est bi­nary for the OS/plat­form you are us­ing will be what you want to do. For de­tails on the re­quire­ments for in­stalling the Perl pro­gram ver­sion, please see the biber PDF doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The git repos­i­tory for Biber is kept on github:



After in­stalling, biber --help will give you the ba­sic doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The lat­est PDF doc­u­men­ta­tion can be found here:


More in­for­ma­tion, bug­fix re­leases, fo­rums and bug tracker are avail­able at:



If you wish to build you own bi­nary, see the main biber PDF doc­u­men­ta­tion. There is a sec­tion there on how to do this. The PDF doc­u­men­ta­tion is in the documentation folder for the re­lease on Source­forge.

biber – A BibTeX re­place­ment for users of Bib

Biber is a BibTeX re­place­ment for users of Bib.

Biber sup­ports full UTF-8, can (re)-en­code in­put and out­put, sup­ports highly con­fig­urable sort­ing, dy­namic bib­li­og­ra­phy sets and many other fea­tures.

The CTAN dis­tri­bu­tion of­fers a com­pressed tar archive of the sources, etc., to­gether with “bi­nary” dis­tri­bu­tions for a va­ri­ety of plat­forms.

Note: on SourceForge biber is for­mally named “bibla­tex-biber”, to dis­tin­guish it from an ear­lier (now ap­par­ently mori­bund) project called “biber”.

Home pagehttp://bibla­tex-biber.source­forge.net/
Bug trackerhttps://github.com/plk/biber/is­sues
Li­censesPerl Artis­tic Li­cense, ver­sion 2
Copy­right2009–2018 François Charette and Philip Kime
Main­tainerFrançois Charette
Philip Kime
Con­tained inTeX Live as biber
MiKTeX as biber-win­dows-x64
See alsoBib
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