October 2009 : a new release (bibus 1.5.0)

  • OOo3.1 compatibility
  • Infinite number of file/http links
  • Clever capitalization (lord of war => Lord of War ...)
  • Better handling of journal abbreviations
  • Import/Export filters can be added easily (plugin)
  • journal abbreviations and shortcuts can be easily edited (simple csv file that can be edited in OOo/excel or a text editor)
  • Lot of bug fixes
  • Requires python2.5 (not a problem anymore under Windows since OOo3.1 includes 2.6)
  • Requires wxpython-2.8

Bibus bibliographic database

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Bibus Bibliographic software Summary on


What is Bibus?

Bibus is a bibliographic and reference management software. As with other such tools, Bibus allows one to search, edit, and sort bibliographic records. In addition, Bibus contains features that makes it unique among open source and even commercial bibliographic databases:

  • Hierarchical organization of the references with user defined keys
  • Designed for multiuser environments
    • You can share the database between an "unlimited" number of users
    • Each user will have its own classification
    • You can define read-only and read-write users
  • Live queries; that is searches that update as the database changes
  • On-line PubMed queries
  • On-line eTBLAST queries
  • Insertion of references and formatting of bibliographies into three widely used Word Processors (, and Microsoft Word)
  • Foreign language support through Unicode and gettext. As of version 1.4, Bibus is available in English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish.
  • Bibus works on most modern platforms:

What makes Bibus special?

  • Free (as in speech) and free (as in beer)
  • Easy to use, intuitive interface
  • Works with, (Linux, Windows, MacOS X) and MS Word (Windows)
  • Interfaces seamlessly with PubMed Entrez and with eTBLAST.
  • Ability to create custom styles for bibliogaphies

How to use this site

A Wiki is a collaborative site, anyone can contribute and share. If you have ideas or information about Bibus that you want to share: Register yourself and start editing or adding pages! Please note that all contributions to Bibus wiki must be released under the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2.

Bibus Documentation


Using Bibus with Other Bibliographical Software

The guides listed here are designed to help people who want to migrate from other software to Bibus or who have to use Bibus together with other bibligraphical applications because of institutional constraints or technical reasons.

Using Bibus with Bibliography webpages


Some useful information may be found in following pages

Download and Installation

Installation instructions



# emerge bibus


At present, no installer for Bibus exists on Mac OS X, which means that there is no simple way of installing Bibus on Macintosh. Since Bibus is written using cross-platform tools (in particular Python, wxwidgets, and SQLite), it is possible to get Bibus up and running on a Macintosh. Several people have reported succes in getting Bibus to run on Mac OSX (see below), in particular on OSX 10.5 (and later) which includes everything to run Bibus without installing extra files. However, no communication of Bibus with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice has been reported for the Macintosh. The release of OpenOffice 3.1.0 will probably make possible the integration of Bibus and OpenOffice for the Macintosh.

If you have a good knowledge of MacOSX (and access to a recent Macintosh) and want to make a dmg file (or other type of installer for Macintosh), please contact the main Bibus developer at [1].

Below you will find a link to a page with the current status concerning installing and running Bibus on the Macintosh. Alternatively, it is possible to use Wine for Mac and install the Bibus Windows package.

MS Windows 98/2000/XP

  • Most would probably want the latest standalone executable version (see above for link). This version includes all required software and is very easy to install (just follow the instructions of the install screens. Note that this might not work on Win98.
  • For the “python” version (requires python, wxPython, win32com, pysqlite), you need to download the package bibus-biblio. Please follow the instructions at

First connection wizard

Have a look at the First connection wizard tutorial after bibus installation.


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