BIBTEX File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a BIBTEX file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .BIBTEX files.

What is a BIBTEX file?

The .bibtex file extension is used for the BibTeX bibliographic database file format. This file format is a proprietary database and document file type that stores bibliographic text attributes and formatting parameters for lists of references. These BIBTEX files are generated by the BibTeX program, which is a reference management tool. The Sublime Text software can also be used to create these .bibtex files.The BIBTEX file format stores European characters that are encoded in TeX macros. These BIBTEX files also contain string substitution parameters and hyperlinks that point to entries with cross references.A BIBTEX file can be opened and viewed using the BibTex software. The Sublime Text program can also be used to open and view these .bibtex files. Both tools can be used to create and edit these .bibtex files.

How to open BIBTEX 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 BIBTEX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 3 different BIBTEX openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension BIBTEX

While we know of one file format using the .BIBTEX 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 .BIBTEX file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of BIBTEX files. Remember, different programs may use BIBTEX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
XULRunnerXULRunnerUser submitted
ZoteroZoteroUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with BIBTEX-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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