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Update: As of summer 2015 Biber is also included in the 64-bit repositories for MikTeX. There is no need to install Biber manually any more, it can simply be installed via the Package Manager just like other packages.

The question Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX describes how to use Biber with MiKTeX. But on the 64-bit version of MiKTeX Biber isn't installed.

How it is possible to install Biber on a 64-bit version of Windows?

Can I use this file?

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You will be happy to know that as of summer 2015 the 64-bit version of MikTeX ships with its own version of Biber. So there is no need for a manual install any more. – moewe Sep 22 at 6:43
Would you mind including a prominent message that manually downloading Biber for 64-bit MikTeX is not necessary any more, as Biber is now included in the repositories? Since this question is highly viewed and highly voted it causes confusion for quite some people, I would really appreciate a visible warning that the premise of the question is now outdated. – moewe Oct 6 at 7:43

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Edit October 2015: MikTeX now includes the 64-bit version of Biber.

Biber is only included in the 32-bit version of MiKTeX. Either install the 32-bit version (the 64-bit version is still experimental) or download Biber and copy biber.exe to $texfm$\miktex\bin.

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In addition, you have to run "Refresh FNDB" in MiKTeXsettings so that MiKTeX knows about the file. And in my case the correct path was: $texfm$\miktex\bin\x64 because on a 64bit system, WinEdt seems to be configured to look for binaries in that path. Though formally, it may not be correct to but the file there since it is not 64bit... – Christoph Feb 25 '13 at 21:28
On Win7 64-bit system with MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit, put biber C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64. In TeXstudio 2.6.6, go to Options > Configure TeXstudio > Commands > Biber > [click yellow "Restore Default" arrow on right side OR type biber.exe %]. Then go to the Build tab and choose Default Bibliography > txs:///biber. – Cerran Mar 3 '14 at 18:53
@Cerran: Nope. On the contrary, you should avoid to add manual installations into main MiKTeX installation. See also Purpose of local texmf trees and Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX. – Speravir Mar 6 '14 at 0:17
@Jörg Unfortunately your answer is despite the votes bad because of your advice for the installation into main MiKTeX path, cf. my comment to Cerran above and this answer to a missed duplicate How can one install biber on miktex 64-bit?. – Speravir Mar 6 '14 at 0:20
@Speravir We are talking about a single executable file here, hence the drawbacks of copying it to the main MiKTeX path should be minor. But your comment now highlighted the point to anyone with the same problem. – Jörg Mar 6 '14 at 10:47

There is no special 64-bit version for Windows - the 32-bit version should work fine.

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Then I install manually Biber because Biber comes probably only with the 32-bit version of MiKTeX. – Eric Danielski Jul 12 '12 at 11:25
( This version is only 32-bit. – Eric Danielski Jul 12 '12 at 11:37
@EricDanielski MikTeX now has a version of Biber also in the 64-bit repositories. – moewe Sep 20 at 6:39

As Speravir mentioned in a comment to this answer, manually adding files to the MiKTeX directory is not a proper solution to the problem. According to this answer of theirs, it should be avoided for security reasons.

A more secure solution is the one offered here by Bernard, reprinted here:

Download miktex-biber-bin.tar.lzma from a CTAN repository (direct linked to a mirror near you) and extract the files anywhere on your computer (two steps under Windows). You get a ‘texmf’ directory containing 3 subdirectories (doc, miktex and tpm). You just have to put these 3 subdirectories under the root of your LocalTeXMF directory, and to refresh the FNDB via MiKTeX Options (‘Settings (Admin)’). If you do not have a LocalTeXMF directory, create one first and declare it via MiKTeX Options, ‘Root’ tab, see Create a local texmf tree in MiKTeX.

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A version of Biber has been uploaded to the MikTeX repositories that can be used with 64-bit MikTeX. There should be no need form manual installations any more. Would it be possible to change this answer to reflect that? – moewe Sep 20 at 6:42

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