Emacs includes bibtex-mode for editing bibliography files used by BibTeX. Is there a way to make it support the bibliography files used by biblatex?


Since Emacs 24.1 bibtex-mode supports biblatex:

* BibTeX mode now supports biblatex. Use the variable `bibtex-dialect' to select different BibTeX dialects.

To use it you can for example set it as a file variable to bibliography files by adding the following to their first line:

-*- mode:bibtex; bibtex-dialect: biblatex -*-
  • How did I miss this until now?!! This is great. – jon May 18 '13 at 19:25
  • It seems that the above does not work and that you have to say -*- mode:bibtex; eval: (bibtex-set-dialect 'biblatex); -*- instead – Andrew Swann Sep 29 '14 at 9:37
  • You could also add (setq bibtex-set-dialect 'biblatex) to your init.le file. – Adam May 14 '17 at 14:39

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