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What are BIBTEX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BIBTEX file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the BIBTEX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your BIBTEX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: January 6, 2020

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

XULRunnerXULRunnerUser submitted
ZoteroZoteroUser submitted

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