I have a "large" .bib file. I want to have the list of references as a single pdf file. Is it possible to get a list with out running it along with a .tex file?

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Is there a way to get all references as a pdf file from a .bib file?


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AFAIK, there is no way to do this without a .tex file, especially since without any specification there, the .bib would not know which style it should set the bibliography in. Is there any reason, you could not use a minimalistic document like this?


style=authoryear-comp, % or whatever style you want

\printbibliography[heading=none] % if you still want a title, delete that option
  • It says "Paragraph ended before \@fileswith@ptions was complete. Undefined control sequence. \printbibliography" Feb 16, 2021 at 16:08
  • It compiles normally for me using this sample.bib. Maybe check your .bib file for misplaced commas or brackets
    – schoekling
    Feb 16, 2021 at 16:20
  • The same file compiled correctly when I used with some .tex file. I am not sure what could be an issue Feb 16, 2021 at 16:35
  • Is there a website that helps me to check this misplaced commas and brackets? I really do not understand what could be an issue if it is working for the other file.. Feb 17, 2021 at 2:22
  • I just thought of another possible cause: do you use any commands inside any field of you .bib? That would explain, why another .tex file can handle the bib, assuming the command is defined there. Try looking for \ in your .bib and check all occurrences.
    – schoekling
    Apr 20, 2021 at 18:12

if the .bib file size less than 25MB, you can try bibtex-converter, which I wrote, to convert the list of references BibTeX to a pdf.

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