I'd like to create a tab containing information about music albums (for example, a column with the artist, a column with the album title, a column with a remark, etc.).

I don't want to do something like

Artist & Album & Remark\\
MyArtist1 & MyAlbum1 & MyRemark1\\
MyArtist2 & MyAlbum2 & MyRemark2

Since this is a list I will update often and I want it to be sorted (alphabetically, by year, etc.).

The way I thought was to store all the information of the albums in an external file and use it to create my tab (like for the references for example). Something like


Does there already exists a package to do this, or do I need to code it myself? If so, I take every ideas you have.


If what you do is not more complex than you show, I simply will make a CSV file:


MyArtist1, MyAlbum1, MyRemark1
MyArtist3, MyAlbum2, MyRemark1
MyArtist1, MyAlbum3, MyRemark2
MyArtist2, MyAlbum4, MyRemark2

Advantage: That can updated at easily convenience in any text editor, any spreadsheet, or even form the command line:

echo "MyArtist4, MyAlbum5, MyRemark3" >> test.csv

Then can be imported with LaTeX tools in different ways (for instance, see here). Whith datatool is easy sort this data:


MyArtist1, MyAlbum1, MyRemark1
MyArtist3, MyAlbum2, MyRemark1
MyArtist2, MyAlbum3, MyRemark2
MyArtist1, MyAlbum4, MyRemark2
\begin{table} \caption{Test}

If you need some more that sort a small table another alternative is load the csv file in R, manage in any way (sort by Artist, select a subset by some remark, etc.) and then produce a table via xtable, for instance.


x <- read.csv("test.csv",header = T)
      include.rownames=F, booktabs=T, caption.placement="top" )

If you do not kow about knitr and .Rnw files, install Rstudio, or alternatively load it in Overleaf as mwe.Rtex, the result must be:



I wanted something similar, although not in table form, for my book and other collections. I based this on bibtex; feed in the book database file and get it all sorted. I wrote this up as Peter Wilson, A personal book catalogue: bookdb, TUGboat, no 1, pp 67-71, 2016.

It is available at https://tug.org/TUGboat/tb37-1/tb115wilson.pdf

Maybe it will give you, or somebody else, an idea or two.

  • +1: But is bibtex (vs. biblatex) still relevant for this? Dec 29 '20 at 1:31
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    @Dr.ManuelKuehner I don't know. It's been a long time since I used bibtex and have never knowingly used biblatex. Perhaps you can tell me. Dec 29 '20 at 18:14
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    @Dr.ManuelKuehner Having re-read the article I see that I did look at using biblatex but bibtex fitted my needs better. Dec 29 '20 at 18:43
  • Thanks for the follow-up! It always amazes me what people can do with the provided toolchain of LaTeX and friends :). Dec 29 '20 at 22:29

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