BIB File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a BIB file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .BIB files.
What is a BIB file?
The .bib file extension is primarily associated with files utilized in BibTeX Bibliography Database. BIB file is a text document containing a list of references formatted using BibTeX formatting. Files with .bib extension are often used in creating bibliographies with LaTex typesetting system. It also used in allowing bibliographies to be searched and published using standard commands.
BibTeX is used as reference management software for formatting various lists of references. It eases citation of sources in a consistent manner by separating bibliographic information from the form of the information. The process is quite similar to the separation of content and presentation/style that is supported by LaTeX.
BibTeX files may include, but is not limited to bibliographies for books, articles, research papers, and tech reports. BibTeX files can be viewed and managed on multiple computer systems, but the formatting is standard across all platforms. BIB files are text files that can be opened and modified using MikTeX, JabRef, TeXnic Center and MacroMates TextMate.
How to open BIB files
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension BIB for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different BIB openers which you will find listed below.
Suggest another file format using extension BIB
While we know of one file format using the .BIB file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .BIB file.
Various viewers for this file format
These apps are known to open certain types of BIB files. Remember, different programs may use BIB files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.