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The cb2Bib is a free, open source, and multiplatform application for rapidly extracting unformatted, or unstandardized bibliographic references from email alerts, journal Web pages, and PDF files.

The cb2Bib facilitates the capture of single references from unformatted and non standard sources. Output references are written in BibTeX. Article files can be easily linked and renamed by dragging them onto the cb2Bib window. Additionally, it permits editing and browsing BibTeX files, citing references, searching references and the full contents of the referenced documents, inserting bibliographic metadata to documents, and writing short notes that interrelate several references.

Current version: cb2Bib GET_VERSION. (See changelog for a detailed list of changes and acknowledgments, and Release Notes for additional notes and information.)

See also Release Note cb2Bib 1.3.0.





The cb2Bib reads the clipboard text contents and process it against a set of predefined patterns. If this automatic detection is successful, cb2Bib formats the clipboard data according to the structured BibTeX reference standard.

Otherwise, if no predefined format pattern is found or if detection proves to be difficult, manual data extraction is greatly simplified by cb2Bib. In most cases, such manual data extraction will provide with a new, personalized pattern to be included within the predefined pattern set for future automatic extractions.

Once the bibliographic reference is correctly extracted, it is added to a specified BibTeX database file. Optionally, document files are renamed to its citeID and moved to a desired directory as a personal article library, and their metadata is updated with the bibliographic reference. See Reading and writing bibliographic metadata section.

Since version 1.1.0, the cb2Bib facilitates writing short notes related to bibliographic collections. Notes are written using a minimalist markup on a plain text editor, and can latter be converted to HTML. Related references and links become easily accessible on any browser or by the embedded cb2Bib viewer. See Release Note cb2Bib 1.1.0.


Using cb2Bib


Buttons Functionality

Additional, Keyboard Functionality


The cb2Bib detailed procedure

Advanced features, and processing and extraction details are described in the following sections:

Configuration information is described in the following sections:

Utilities and modules are described in the following sections:


Regular Expression Submission Form

cb2Bib usefullness increases when having a set of reliable regular expressions. It can therefore be interesting to share one's favorite regexps among cb2Bib users. If you have a working -which does not mean perfect- regexp that could benefit other users, please take a moment and fill out the submission. These regexp will be later included into the cb2Bib distribution, as received, without any additional editing. Interested users could then copy/paste needed cb2Bib regexps into their own regexp file. In this way, no much of anybody's time and effort should be needed.


cb2Bib Requirements


To compile cb2Bib, the following libraries must be present and accessible:


Although not needed for running cb2Bib, the following tools extend cb2Bib applicability:


Credits and License

The cb2Bib icons are taken from the Oxygen, Crystal SVG, and Noia icon sets, to be found at the KDE Desktop Environment. Several people has contributed with suggestions, bug reports or patches. For a detailed list of acknowledgments see the changelog.

The cb2Bib program is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3.


cb2Bib receives FindMySoft excellent software certificate

"We would like to congratulate you for the quality of your product. [...] Since cb2Bib exceeds the quality standards of many other software products in its category it has been granted the "EXCELLENT" software certificate."



The cb2Bib, Pere Constans, Copyright © 2004-2009.
First realeased, version 0.1.0 on 2004-06-29.

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