BIB file format description

Many people share .bib files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .bib file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .bib files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bib - BibTeX Document

The BIB document files are related to teTeX. The BIB file is a BibTeX document. BibTeX is reference management software for formatting lists of references. The BibTeX tool is typically used together with the LaTeX document preparation system.

Document files
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BibTeX Document related extensions:
LaTeX Auxiliary Data
BibTeX Bibliographic Reference
BibTeX Document Style
LaTeX Document Class Data
LaTeX Font Encoding Data
TeX Font

Naturally, other applications may also use the .bib file extension. Even harmful programs can create .bib files. Be especially cautious with .bib files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .bib file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .bib file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

bb, bbi, bi, bif, big, bin, biv, bjb, bkb, blb, bob, bub, fib, gib, hib

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Cartes Michelin Image
Interactive Fiction Package
Act! Blob Data
BSC Intermediate Object
Graph-in-the-Box Chart
Treepad Database Blob Data

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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