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-9.0 platform.

Package Information



If you have updated to a new release of texlive-source, biber and its perl dependencies are still in present in /usr and do not need to be rebuilt. However, biblatex installs in /opt/texlive/2019 and does need to be reinstalled.

Required Additional Downloads

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.18 Business-ISBN-3.004 Business-ISMN-1.201 Business-ISSN-1.003 Class-Accessor-0.51 Data-Compare-1.25 Data-Dump-1.23 Data-Uniqid-0.12 DateTime-Calendar-Julian-0.101 DateTime-Format-Builder-0.82 Encode-EUCJPASCII-0.03 Encode-HanExtra-0.23 Encode-JIS2K-0.03 File-Slurper-0.012 IO-String-1.08 IPC-Run3-0.048 Lingua-Translit-0.28 List-AllUtils-0.15 List-MoreUtils-0.428 Log-Log4perl-1.49 LWP-Protocol-https-6.07 Module-Build-0.4229 PerlIO-utf8_strict-0.007 Regexp-Common-2017060201 Sort-Key-1.33 Text-BibTeX-0.88 Text-CSV-2.00 Text-Roman-3.5 Unicode-Collate-1.27 Unicode-LineBreak-2019.001 XML-LibXML-Simple-0.99 XML-LibXSLT-1.96 XML-Writer-0.625 and texlive-20190410 (or install-tl-unx, but for that you can use tlmgr update )

Recommended (required for the testsuite)



It is possible to install all missing dependencies automatically. You must first install Module-Build-0.4229 using automatic installation of perl modules. 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

Now, as the root user:

tar -xf ../biblatex-3.13.tds.tgz -C /opt/texlive/2019/texmf-dist &&
texhash &&
./Build install

Command Explanations

tar -xf biblatex-3.13.tds.tar.gz -C /opt/texlive/2019/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 2019-08-22 06:45:39 -0700