I have bibtex file. I want to run only bibtex without pdflatex. I know that bibtex will use aux file which can be generated by pdflatex.But Is there any some other way to run bib file on .bst file. Because I want my bib file to be styled as .bst file template. So, how to run bib file to get reference with defined structure.(command something like: bibtex filename). I dont have tex file. Just I want to run only bibtex file. And I don't need citations,just the structured reference is more than enough. Pls help!

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    Hi and welcome, you will need a little bit of LaTeX-code to get a page to print on. \documentclass{article}\begin{document}\nocite{*}\bibliographystyle{<yourStyle>}\bibliography{<YourBibname>}\end{document}
    – Johannes_B
    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:52

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Let us assume you have the following files/setup:

  • mybibstyle.bst

  • mybibliography.bib

Create a file myfile.aux containing the following:


This is literally the output from compiling the following minimal example:


Now run

bibtex myfile

which reads mybibliography.bib, myfile.aux and mybibstyle.bst and creates the file myfile.bbl containing the thebibliography environment based on mybibstyle.bst.

  • If I create only aux file and run bibtex no pdf is produced. But if create and run tex file as you mentioned above, only then pdf is generated. I just want to create only aux file and run bibtex without that tex file. How to do it. Because that tex file causing unwanted errors which I don't need.
    – vidhya
    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:43
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    @vidhya - The inputs of a bibtex run are an aux file (generally created by a LaTeX run), a bst file, and one or more bib files; the outputs of a bibtex run are a bbl file (containing the formatted and sorted references) and a blg file (a log file). No pdf file is created by bibtex, ever. It would be useful if you edited your posting to indicate more precisely what the "unwanted errors which I don't need" may be.
    – Mico
    Nov 10, 2014 at 10:17

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