BibTool: A Tool for Manipulating BibTeX Data Bases
BibTeX provides an easy to use means to integrate citations and bibliographies into LaTeX documents. But the user is left alone with the management of the BibTeX files. The program BibTool is intended to fill this gap. BibTool allows the manipulation of BibTeX files which goes beyond the possibilities – and intentions – of BibTeX. The possibilities of BibTool include
- Pretty-printing of BibTeX data bases adjustable by lots of parameters.
- Syntactic checks with error recovery superior to BibTeX and helpful error messages.
- Semantic checks can be specified by the user.
- Sorting and merging of BibTeX data bases according to a free definable sort key.
- Generation of uniform reference keys according to predefined rules or according to an own specification.
- Selecting references used in one publication which are found by analyzing an .aux file.
- Selecting references by a set of criteria (regular expressions).
- Controlled rewriting of fields utilizing regular expressions to specify the rewriting rules.
- Macro (String) expansion to eliminate the need of extra string definitions.
- Collecting statistics about one or more BibTeX data bases.
BibTool contains a documentation written in LaTeX of more than 70 pages (and still growing).
BibTool is written in C and has been compiled on various operating systems like flavors of UN*X and MSDOG machines. It is distributed in source code. No compiled versions are available from the author (Useless to ask!).
Here you can download the sources and documentation for version 2.63:
Documentation in PDF format
bibtool.pdf, 490 kb
Reference card in PDF format
ref_card.pdf, 86 kb
Documentation of the C interface in PDF format
c_lib.pdf, 109 kb
Gerd Neugebauer. BibTool – Manipulation von BibTeX-Dateien [German]. Die TeXnische Komödie, 4/94, 4–11, 1994.
The sources of BibTool are stored in a public repository. It is hosted by GitHub: