I am a user of biblatex-mla and I wish to run the whole bibliography generation workflow with a single click of "Typeset" in TeXShop.

pdflatex filename.tex
bibtex filename
pdflatex filename.tex

How can I run these commands in a single click of "Typeset"?

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    have you looked at arara?
    – cmhughes
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:13
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    You can always define your own engine, but I'm pretty sure there is a default one which does just what you expect: you should try the pdflatexmk Engine.
    – Corentin
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:14
  • @cmhughes Can you give a portal that compatible with MacTex?
    – Ben Lu
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:18
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    @BenLu I believe that arara should ship with the latest update How do I update my TeX distribution?
    – cmhughes
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:20
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    There are instructions for how to use arara in TeXshop in the manual. Feb 12, 2013 at 19:24

1 Answer 1


Install arara, in Preference pane of TeXShop, set Misc -> Personal Script to arara, add

%arara: pdflatex
%arara: bibtex
%arara: pdflatex

before the document in .tex file.

"Typeset" -> DONE!

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