I used this tutorial to export my auxiliary files into a different directory.

Basically i just add -aux-directory=build in Options -> Configure -> Commands and added the build folder into Options -> Configure -> Build -> Build Options -> Additional Search Paths -> Log.

This succesfully generates all the auxilliary files in the build folder and it's also possible to generate the pdf.

Unfortunately biber has a problem with this setup:

Prozess gestartet: biber.exe "MyFile"

INFO - This is Biber 1.7

INFO - Logfile is 'MyFile.blg'

ERROR - Cannot find control file 'MyFile.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?


I guess i have to specify the correct path for biber somewhere in Texstudio. Does anyone know where i have to update the path?

In this thread someone had similar problems. Also i'm not sure if the solution of this thread applies to my situation.

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    biber --help includes the following information: --output_directory [directory] Files (.bbl and .blg) are output to directory directory instead of the current directory. Input files are also looked for in directory before current directory. [My emphasis.]
    – cfr
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 22:52

3 Answers 3


Solution to use Texstudio and output the build (temporary) files into a seperate folder using biber:

  1. Put a new Folder with YourName into the same directory as your main .tex file.
  2. Options -> Configure TeXstudio -> Commands -> PdfLaTeX for MiKTeX add -aux-directory=YourName. If you use TeX Live use -output-directory YourName. Result looks something like this: pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -aux-directory= build %.tex respectively pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -output-directory=build %.tex
  3. Options -> Configure TeXstudio -> Commands -> Biber add --output_directory YourName. Result looks something like this: biber.exe --output_directory build % (careful: i think the space between the name and % is mandatory)
  4. In Configure TeXstudio bottom left corner activate the Show Advanced Options checkbox. Add your folder to Configure TeXstudio -> Build -> Additional Search Paths with .\YourName (or complete path)

Thanks @cfr for the solution!

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    The -aux-directory=DIR option is specific to MiKTeX. I think you should mention that in your answer. In TeXlive there is only the -output-directory=DIR option. But it is still possible to achieve a separate output-directory for the .pdf-file as described in the commend to the question [tex.stackexchange.com/questions/96767/mactex-aux-directory-dir] but it involves using a hard link.
    – Wamseln
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 10:42
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    For the "Additional Search Path" there are three fields: "Log File", "PDF File", and "Commands ($PATH)". Which one should we fill with .\build?
    – Foad
    Commented May 6 at 7:29

(EDIT: Adding Biber)

For MiKTeX with TeXstudio, go to Options --> Configure TeXstudio --> Commands:

  1. PdfLaTeX: pdflatex.exe -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode --aux-directory=build %.tex
  2. BibTeX: bibtex.exe build/% -include-directory=build
  3. Biber: biber.exe --output-directory build %

Copy and paste the above codes in the configuration page.

The above configuration will create a new subfolder in your working directory named "build" where all aux/log/out files will be created/saved there as well as Bibtex's and Biber's (except for synctex.gz). The working folder will be cleaner specially if you are doing a big project with a lot of sub .tex files (e.g. chapters ... etc, used with include or input).

  • this finally worked for me thanks!, is it possible to get the file.pdf and the file.synctex in the build folder also ? I tried in PdfLatex using -output-directoy.... but I get error when it tries to search for the pdf to visualize bc it keeps looking in the main folder not in build Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 16:08

Instead of trying to use build folders and stumbling again and again into problems with each tool, the LaTeX build wrapper ltx2any may be a better solution. One of its main features is

Keeps your main directory clean by default.

This goal is achieved by not compiling in the main folder but copying all required files into a temporary folder and compiling the document there. This avoids all the problems associated with build folders.

The basic usage is

ltx2any filename.tex 

and all the auxiliary files will be in a subdirectory. For more options read the linked webpage or run ltx2any --help.

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