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An MkDocs plugin that enables managing citations with BibTex

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A MkDocs plugin for citation management using bibtex.


Install the plugin using pip:

pip install mkdocs-bibtex

Next, add the following lines to your mkdocs.yml:

  - search
  - bibtex:
      bib_file: "refs.bib"
      cite_style: "pandoc"

If you have no plugins entry in your config file yet, you'll likely also want to add the search plugin. MkDocs enables it by default if there is no plugins entry set.


  • bib_file - Name of your bibtex file. Either the absolute path or the path relative to mkdocs.yml
  • bib_dir - Directory for bibtex files to load, same as above for path resolution
  • cite_style - The way you place citations into text: "pandoc" for [@myRef] and "plain" for @myRef
  • bib_command - The command for your bibliography, defaults to \bibliography
  • full_bib_command - The command for your bibliography, defaults to \full_bibliography
  • csl_file - Bibtex CSL file to format the citation with, defaults to None, using a built in plain format instead


In your markdown files:

  1. Add your citations as you would normally using either "plain" or "pandoc" style
  2. Add in \bibliography or whatever you set your bib_command to where you want your references.
  3. Add in \full_bibliography or whatever you set your full_bib_command to where you want the full set of references. Note: This is not guaranteed to work yet since one issue is the order in which markdown files are processed. Might need to do something using the on_files() event first.
  4. (Optional) Setup csl_file to control the citation text formatting.

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