I installed MiKTeX 2.9 on a fresh Ubuntu 18.04 LTS following the instructions on the MiKTeX homepage: https://miktex.org/howto/install-miktex-unx
However it seems that biber is not included in this version of MiKTeX (or I simply did not find it in the package list).
What is the proper way to install biber so that all paths are correct?

  • I don't know for Ubuntu, but you may check whether it's installed with MiKTeX Package Manager (via MiKTeX Console) and install it if it's not. Tha Package Manager has a small edit with in which you may filter the list of packages by a part of the name. Simply enter biber. – Bernard Sep 25 '18 at 18:24
  • @Bernard I did this and for neither biber nor miktex-biber-bin yields a package. – Enno Sep 25 '18 at 18:33
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    this is a long time issue ( github.com/MiKTeX/miktex-packaging/issues/2). the only thing you can do (at least to my knowledge) is either to install biber manually or to use another tex distribution (e.g. texlive) – Yorgos Sep 25 '18 at 18:42
  • @Enno is there any specific reason why you are using miktex and not texlive? – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Sep 25 '18 at 20:54
  • @samcarter Not a real reason but mainly personal preference. I like the concept of a database of packages with a GUI to install them. – Enno Sep 25 '18 at 21:00

Declaration: This is not an answer but can be used merely as a recommendation

Until now, MikTeX's version for both Linux and OSX does not include biber (https://github.com/MiKTeX/miktex-packaging/issues/2). A (the only) workaround is to download and install biber manually from here.

Alternative, Linux users (but also OSX users) are (highly) recommended to install TeXLive. OSX users have also the option to use MacTeX.

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