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In TexStudios the bibliography is automatically compiled every time I compile, hence slowing down compilation time several-fold (by compiling four times).

Can I disable automatic bibliography compilation so that I can speed up compilation time?

  • You just have to choose you compilation sequence. See Texstudio manual section1.3 Configuring the build system – BambOo Jul 22 '18 at 9:21
  • You may also want to look into tools like latexmk or arara. latexmk uses a heuristic approach to find out what programmes need to be run, so BibTeX will only be run if necessary. arara lets you define complex custom rules for document compilation. – moewe Jul 22 '18 at 10:24
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In the Tools menu , you have the Commands submenu, which offers the choice between LaTeX, pdfLaTeX, XeLaTeX, bibtex, biber, &c. You can define a shortcut for the compiler you want to use:

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