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.

This version fixes a problem when certain UTF-8 codepoints are used in the "key" value of a bibliography entry and current perl is used. It is shipped in current binary versions of texlive but requires a newer version of biblatex than is in the texlive source.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

Required Additional Download

The corresponding version of biblatex is a separate project - the tds version is pre-packaged for untarring into the texmf-dist directory.

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.14 Business::ISBN-2.09 Business::ISMN-1.13 Business::ISSN-0.91 Data::Compare-1.25 Data::Dump-1.22 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-1.46 libwww-perl-6.13 List::AllUtils-0.09 Regexp::Common-2013031301 Text::BibTeX-0.70 Unicode::Collate-1.11 Unicode::LineBreak-2014.06 XML::LibXML::Simple-0.95 XML::LibXSLT-1.94 XML::Writer-0.625 and texlive-20140525


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



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:

sed -i 's/use Encode;/&\nuse File::Slurp;\nuse File::Spec;/' \
  lib/Biber/LaTeX/ &&
perl ./Build.PL &&

To test the results, enter: ./Build test

Now, as the root user:

tar -xf ../biblatex-2.9a.tds.tgz -C /opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist &&
texhash &&
./Build install

Command Explanations

sed -i 's/use Encode;/&\nuse File::Slurp;\nuse File::Spec;/' ...: this sed fixes a runtime error with current perl.

tar -xf biblatex-2.9a.tds.tar.gz -C /opt/texlive/2014/texmf-dist: this installs the new biblatex files over the previous version.

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


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 2015-02-27 16:25:31 -0800