I installed biber through MiKTeX's package manager but when trying to compile my references, nothing happens, as if biber was not installed when, in fact, its .exe is present under C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin and this path is included in the system variables. Bibtex works just fine.

I tried to delete the par-4e69636f6c6173 folder under C:\Users\Nicolas\AppData\Local\Temp created each time I try to run biber through the command prompt, but to no avail. Typing biber test systematically creates 4 files in my Temp folder: biber.exe, libgcc_s_sjlj-1.dll, libstdc++-6.dll and perl516.dll.

I also tried to run "Refresh FNDB" in MiKTeX settings.

Any insights ?

Here is a MWE


title = {What makes a skilled writer? {W}orking memory and audience awareness during text composition},
volume = {21},
shorttitle = {What makes a skilled writer?},
number = {5},
urldate = {2013-03-02},
journal = {Learning and Individual Differences},
author = {Alamargot, Denis and Caporossi, Gilles and Chesnet, David and Ros, Christine},
year = {2001},
keywords = {Audience awareness, Expertise, Eye Movements, Individual differences, Online     measures, Procedural text, Written production},
pages = {505--516},

Some text \autocite{alamargot2001}\ldots

Commands executed:

xelatex test produces test.log/aux/bcf/pdf, refs.bib and test.run.xml.

biber test or biber test.bcf produces nothing: biber command

  • What happens if you type in biber --version at the command line? What happens if you try to compile a document via the command line (pdlfatex test biber test pdlfatex test pdlfatex test)?
    – moewe
    Nov 16, 2013 at 8:10
  • @moewe: biber --version produces nothing. bibtex --version works (MiKTeX-BibTeX 2.9 4360 (0.99d)). PDFLaTeX works fine too. Changing Bib(la)tex's defautlt field in Texmaker (bibtex %) to "C:/Program Files (x86)/MiKTeX 2.9/miktex/bin/biber.exe" % does not work either.
    – Nicolas M
    Nov 16, 2013 at 9:22
  • If your tex file produce file with extension myfile.bcf, try type in your command line biber myfile.bcf. Maybe you can see that in you project folder is myfile.bbl which has size 0B. This is important. In command line, you can se warning:INFO - This is Biber 1.8 INFO - Logfile is 'myfile.blg' INFO - Reading 'myfile.bcf' WARN - Warning: Found biblatex control file version 2.4, expected version 2.5 and this problem. Is that so?
    – JardaFait
    Nov 16, 2013 at 10:02
  • Could you add listing from your command line into your question? Especially from command biber myfile.bbl? Please see latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=22548
    – JardaFait
    Nov 16, 2013 at 10:11
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a hardly reproduce-able (very localised) problem solved by a change not relating to LaTeX at all.
    – moewe
    Nov 17, 2013 at 9:35


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