Files with bbl extension can be found as bibliographical references for publications prepared in TeX/BibTeX format.

There is one other file type using
the BBL file extension!

empty icon.bbl - e-Sword module file

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Software that works with bbl file extension

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BBL file extension - TeX/BibTeX bibliographic reference file

What is bbl file? How to open bbl files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

The bbl file extension is used for bibliographic reference files used by BiBTeX, a program used to generate bibliographies, based on TeX typesetting language.

Instead of visually formatting your text, you enter your manuscript text intertwined with TeX commands in a plain text file. You then run TeX to produce formatted output, such as a PDF file. Thus, in contrast to standard word processors, your document is a separate file that does not pretend to be a representation of the final typeset output, and so can be easily edited and manipulated.

The default software associated to bbl file type:

TeXworks icon

TeXworks  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
TeX Users Group

TeXworks is application used to create documents with TeX/LaTeX document markup language.

Help how to open BBL files:

Use TeX Live to open .bbl bibliographic reference files.

How to convert file with extension BBL:

Bibiliographic references can often be converted between various similar formats for compatibility reasons.

Related links:

TeX Users Group website

List of software applications associated to the .bbl file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open bbl file, edit bbl file, convert bbl file, view bbl file, play bbl file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting bbl files.

  • Open bbl file
  • Others bbl file

Software that open bbl file - TeX/BibTeX bibliographic reference file

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open bbl file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with bbl file by default:
TeXworks small icon TeXworks
Other suggested software:
MiKTeX small icon MiKTeX


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