BIBTEX file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bibtex - BibTeX Bibliography Database

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

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

Can't open a .bibtex 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.

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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