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A Django application to provide a bibliography based on a bibtex library.

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The recommended way of installing is using pip:

pip install biblary

Get started

First, make sure the application is added to the INSTALLED_APPS in your project settings:


Next, add the URLs to your project:

from django.urls import path, include

urlpatterns = [
    path('biblary/', include('biblary.urls', namespace='biblary')),

Finally, the adapter to the bibliography backend needs to be configured. For example, to serve the contents of a file containing BibTeX entries, use the BibtexBibliography adapter:

import pathlib

BIBLARY_BIBLIOGRAPHY_ADAPTER = 'biblary.bibliography.adapter.bibtex.BibtexBibliography'
    'filepath': pathlib.Path('/some/path/to/bibliography.bib')

The filepath is the only required key for the configuration and should be a pathlib.Path object pointing to the BibTeX file.

Available adapters


This adapter is designed to serve the contents of a file containing BibTeX entries.

Configuration parameters

  • filepath: a pathlib.Path object that points to the BibTeX file containing the bibliographic entries.

Writing custom adapter

To provide an adapter to a custom bibliography backend, one should implement the biblary.bibliography.adapter.abstract.BibliographyAdapter class:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import typing as t

from biblary.bibliography.adapter import BibliographyAdapter
from biblary.bibliography.entry import BibliographyEntry

class CustomBibliographyAdapter(BibliographyAdapter):
    """Implementation of a ``BibliographyAdapter``."""

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        """Construct a new instance and configure the adapter."""
        super().__init__(*args, **kwargs)

    def get_entries(self) -> t.List[BibliographyEntry]:
        """Return the list of bibliography entries."""

The constructor should define what keyword arguments it should take in order to configure the adapter. The keyword arguments that are specified for the BIBLARY_BIBLIOGRAPHY_ADAPTER_CONFIGURATION will be passed to the constructor of the adapter when the bibliography is loaded. Finally, the get_entries method should be implemented. It should return a list of biblary.bibliography.entry.BiliographyEntry instances, one for each entry in the bibliography.



This setting takes a tuple of regex patterns, for example


The template tag main_author_class will use this setting to determine if the author that it is passed is considered a main author. If that is the case, the string defined by the BIBLARY_BIBLIOGRAPHY_MAIN_AUTHOR_CLASS setting is returned. This can be used in the index template as follows:

{% for entry in entries %}
<div class="biblary-entry-authors">
    {% for author in %}
    <span class="biblary-entry-author {% main_author_class author %}">{{ author }}</span>
    {% endfor %}
{% endfor %}

Any author that will match any of the patterns specified by the setting, will get the additional class.


Returned by the main_author_class tag if the specified author matches any of the patterns defined by the BIBLARY_BIBLIOGRAPHY_MAIN_AUTHOR_PATTERNS setting. Default is biblary-entry-author-main.

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