I think this topic is not specifically covered by any of the existing questions about biblatex. Sorry if I am wrong.

I am planning to use biblatex to include and manage references in my LaTeX document. I already have the source for my references in a .bib file that is produced by Mendeley.

I am quite happy with the results till now, but I would like to ask a generic question (so, there is no minimal working example, sorry).

I've read in biblatex help that biblatex has its own data model, although it is nearly fully compatible with classical BibTeX data model.

Anyway, I wonder if there is a Windows (or multiplatform) program for managing .bib files (or that can generate .bib files) that is more appropriate when those .bib files are going to be processed by biblatex package. If so, which is the best one, in your opinion?

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    Jabref works beautifully for both, bibtex and biblatex. Written in Java it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
    – Alexander
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 15:26
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    Note in particular that JabRef now has 'biblatex-mode' available.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 18:48

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Jabref can do it very easily. You can change Jabref settings to handle biblatex entries in this manner:

In the Jabref window, press the menu Options and then Preferences

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The preferences window will appear:

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In the submenu Advanced, find the BibLaTeX mode (the last item) and check it. Then press OK. Now Jabref will handle .bib entries suitable for use with BibLaTeX.

  • Thank you! I used JabRef a long time ago, but I see that it has been improved. And that option that you mention... it's perfect.
    – Vicent
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 11:01

cb2bib is small, easy, multiplatform, supports multiple languages, and has search functionality.

If you use a non-latin language, open the .bib file and add (for Arabic, for example):

Encoding : Cp1256

This number is language dependent.

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    No need to sign your answer or add greetings. (TeX.SX! is not a discussion forum.) You also might want to fix the grammar. It will increase the likelyhood of your answer being upvoted and accepted.
    – Ruben
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 9:55

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