Introduction to biber

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

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10 platform.

Package Information

Required Additional Download

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.16 Business::ISBN-3.002 Business::ISMN-1.13 Business::ISSN-1.001 Class::Accessor-0.34 Data::Compare-1.25 Data::Dump-1.23 Data::Uniqid-0.12 Date::Simple-3.03 Encode::EUCJPASCII-0.03 Encode::HanExtra-0.23 Encode::JIS2K-0.03 File::Slurp-9999.19 IPC::Run3-0.048 Lingua::Translit-0.26 List::AllUtils-0.11 List::MoreUtils-0.416 Log::Log4perl-1.47 LWP::Protocol::https-6.06 Module-Build-0.4220 Regexp::Common-2016060801 Text::BibTeX-0.76 Text::Roman-3.5 Unicode::Collate-1.14 Unicode::LineBreak-2016.003 Unicode::Normalize-1.25 XML::LibXML::Simple-0.97 XML::LibXSLT-1.95 XML::Writer-0.625 and texlive-20160523b (or install-tl-unx)


File::Which-1.21 and Test::Differences-0.64 to run the testsuite



Although the tarball name is unversioned, it will untar to a correctly-versioned biblatex-biber-2.5 directory.

It is almost possible to install all missing dependencies automatically. Except, from perl-5.22.0 onwards, Module-Build-0.4220 is no longer part of the core perl distribution. And for Data::Uniqid-0.12 we have to patch it to skip over a test which always fails - that failing test will probably break the automatic install. To automatically install the remaining perl dependencies you will need to manually install those two modules first. You can then run perl ./Build.PL and when it prompts you, become the root user and run ./Build installdeps

User Notes:

Installation of Biber

Install Biber by running the following commands:

perl ./Build.PL &&

To test the results, enter: ./Build test - you will require the en_GB.UTF-8 and sv_SE.UTF-8 locales. Test 12 of t/sort-order.t will fail : for speed the tests use system locales instead of the default Unicode::Collation algorithm, and some minor details of the locales in OSX (where development takes place) differ from those in glibc

Now, as the root user:

tar -xf ../biblatex-3.4.tds.tgz -C /opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist &&
texhash &&
./Build install

Command Explanations

tar -xf biblatex-3.4.tds.tar.gz -C /opt/texlive/2016/texmf-dist: this installs the new biblatex files over those installed by texlive.

texhash : this updates the file hash tables (otherwise known as the file name database).


Installed Programs: biber
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.*{,/<arch>-linux/auto}/Biber

Short Descriptions


is used for producing bibliographies in LaTeX documents.

Last updated on 2016-08-31 10:57:05 -0700