I have written a few reports using Overleaf but I have never used XeLaTex or Texmaker before. Now I have the problem that my citations are not showing up in the final document.

This is the basic setup, main.tex:

\documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{report}

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=nature]{biblatex}



%This file includes a citation: Text text text \cite{Someone2020}.



I only get the errors "Citation "Someone2020" on page 1 undefined" for Chapters/One.tex and for main.tex "Package biblatex Warning: Please (re)run Biber on the file". No bibliography is printed. The file references.bib is in the same directory as the main.tex file and the Chapters/One.tex folder/file. It includes the citation bla2020.

I have the feeling this has got to do with the way Texmaker is set up. I need to use XeLaTex and changing the configuration of Texmaker to "biber" % for Bib(la)tex did not make it work.

How do I run biber on the file as suggested by the error message? Could someone explain how to solve this problem for absolute beginners?

This question sadly doesn't help me with the knowledge I have how to compile bibtex file using texmaker and XeLaTeX.

Thank you a lot!

  • tex.stackexchange.com/q/154751/35864 explains how to set up your editor for Biber. In theory biber % already looks quite good, but double check with the instructions from the link. Depending on how you editor is set up (and its heuristics if applicable), you may still have to tell your editor when to run Biber so that you indeed get the required LaTeX, Biber, LaTeX, LaTeX compilation cycle. How this is done depends on your editor and to some degree on your operating system, refer to the link before and to the documentation of your editor. ...
    – moewe
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 8:08
  • ... If you finally manage to run Biber, you should get the desired output. If not, you need to check if there were any errors during the LaTeX or Biber run. For the LaTeX run check the .log file, for the Biber run check the .blg file. More details and more hints can be found in tex.stackexchange.com/q/286706/35864
    – moewe
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 8:09
  • Thank you!! That was the right hint :)
    – Friedebert
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 10:08

1 Answer 1


Thank you @moewe for the right link: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/154788. There is a tiny bit more to it when using XeLaTeX.

When set up like shown above, go to User -> User Commands -> Edit user commands. Then name it e.g. Whatever and coose the wizard. Add XeLaTeX Bibtex XeLaTeX XeLaTeX in this order. When compiling a document now, choose Whatever (i.e. the name you gave this compilation cycle) to run the commands in precisely this order.

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