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-7.9 platform.

Package Information

Required Additional Download

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.16 Business::ISBN-2.09 Business::ISMN-1.13 Business::ISSN-1.001 Data::Compare-1.25 Data::Dump-1.23 Date::Simple-3.03 Encode::EUCJPASCII-0.03 Encode::HanExtra-0.23 Encode::JIS2K-0.03 File::Slurp-9999.19 IPC::Run3-0.048 List::AllUtils-0.09 List::MoreUtils-0.413 Log::Log4perl-1.46 LWP::Protocol::https-6.06 Module-Build-0.4216 Regexp::Common-2016020301 Text::BibTeX-0.71 Text::Roman-3.5 Unicode::Collate-1.14 Unicode::LineBreak-2015.12 Unicode::Normalize-1.25 XML::LibXML::Simple-0.95 XML::LibXSLT-1.94 XML::Writer-0.625 and texlive-20150521 (or install-tl-unx)


File::Which-1.19, Test::Differences-0.64, Test::Pod-1.51 and Test::Pod::Coverage-1.10 (all needed to run the testsuite)



It is possible to install (all) missing dependencies automatically. Except, from perl-5.22.0 onwards, Module-Build-0.4216 is no longer part of the core distribution. To automatically install the remaining perl dependencies you will need to manually install that 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. Some tests 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-3.2.tds.tgz -C /opt/texlive/2015/texmf-dist &&
texhash &&
./Build install

Command Explanations

tar -xf biblatex-3.2.tds.tar.gz -C /opt/texlive/2015/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 2016-02-27 13:58:54 -0800