I am trying to run the example given on Sharelatex. I copy/pasted the tex example (1st one of the two available ones) and the bibliography example in a folder and hit compile in TexStudio. I run TexStudio on a MacBook Pro (High Sierra) and configured it to use XeLaTex and Biber.

I though run into the error:

INFO - This is Biber 2.7
INFO - Logfile is 'doc.blg'

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

And the result looks like this: enter image description here

What is the problem here?

  • 7
    natbib needs bibtex not biber, biber is for biblatex
    – DG'
    Mar 17, 2018 at 23:01
  • 1
    You are confusing two completely different systems. You should start with biblatex: en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/…
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 18, 2018 at 2:19
  • Ok, I have to compile using bibtex in order to make it work. Works wonderfully now. But why this strange error, telling me to pass "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX?
    – Socrates
    Mar 18, 2018 at 13:34
  • 4
    I'm voting to close this question as solved in comments Apr 19, 2018 at 20:40
  • @samcarter How can I close this post?
    – Socrates
    Apr 19, 2018 at 20:45


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