BIB, BibTeX Bibliography Database (.bib)

The BIB Misc file format

The BIB file extension is used as a general bibliography file, however, it's most commonly associated with BibTeX. BibTeX is a formatting style used by LaTeX programs like MiKTeX or TeXworks which are used by academics and scientists to write papers, essays, articles, and more. The BIB file is a text file containing information that allows users to search through bibliographies and insert citations into documents written in a LaTeX format (e.g. TEX).

Technical details of BIB files

A BIB file can contain bibliographies for different academic writings, including articles, research papers, thesis, etc. They usually contain information about the single entries such as the author, title, date of publication, and more.

More information about the BIB file format

File extension .bib
File category Misc
Associated programs Bib2x (Windows & Linux)
BibDesk (Mac)
JabRef (Windows, Mac & Linux)
MacroMates TextMate (Mac)
MiKTeX (Windows)
Pybliographer (Linux)
RefTeX (Linux)
TeXnicCenter (Windows)
TeXworks (Windows & Mac)
Useful links More about BibTeX and BIB files
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