Introduction to biber

Biber is a BibTeX replacement for users of biblatex, written in Perl. Unusually, the tarball itself is called just biblatex-biber.tar.gz but it will extract to a versioned directory. Please ensure you download it from the correct versioned directory at sourceforge, the 1.9 version is broken as-shipped.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.12 Business::ISBN-2.07 Business::ISMN-1.11 Business::ISSN-0.91 Data::Compare-1.24 Date::Simple-3.03 Encode::EUCJPASCII-0.03 Encode::HanExtra-0.23 Encode::JIS2K-0.02 File::Slurp-9999.19 IPC::Run3-0.048 Log::Log4perl-1.44 libwww-perl-6.08 List::AllUtils-0.08 Regexp::Common-2013031301 Text::BibTeX-0.69 Unicode::Collate-1.07 (only if your version of perl is less than 5.20.0) Unicode::LineBreak-2014.06 XML::LibXML::Simple-0.94 XML::LibXSLT-1.92 and XML::Writer-0.625


Readonly::XS-1.05, and File::Which-1.09 (to run the testsuite)

Required (at runtime)




It is possible to install (all) missing dependencies automatically. Begin by running perl ./Build.PL and then 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

Now, as the root user:

./Build install


Installed Programs: biber
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/lib/site_perl/5.*/Biber

Short Descriptions


is used for producing bibliographies in LaTeX documents.

Last updated on 2014-09-22 19:27:33 -0700