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'refdb' is a reference database and bibliography software. It helps anyone writing publications keep track of journal articles, books, and other printed or electronic material, to associate notes with their material, and to automatically generate bibliographies for all kinds of publications. The primary output formats are RIS, DocBook SGML/XML, TEI XML, and TeX compatible with bibtex/natbib; the package targets markup languages rather than word processors. Users can add other SGML and XML document types by creating suitable stylesheets.


User manual included and available in PostScript, HTML, DVI, PDF, RTF, and DocBook SGML formats from; User tutorial available in PostScript, HTML, DVI, PDF, RTF, and DocBook SGML formats from


Download version 1.0.2 (stable)
released on 26 February 2014

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GPLv2orlaterKelly Hopkins16 February 2010

Leaders and contributors

Markus Hoenicka Maintainer
See the AUTHORS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Developer Mailing List Info/Archive
Support Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use expat
Required to use Database Independent Abstraction Layer for C
Required to use libdbi-drivers

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 March 2017.


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