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ctanbib - retrieve bibliographic information for packages hosted on CTAN.


ctanbib <options> [package name]


This command can retrieve bibliographic information for TeX packages hosted on CTAN in the BibTeX format.


use @ctan type instead of @manual. The difference between the two is that the url field contains package CTAN path, instead of link to the package.
print the help message.
print the version info.


$ ctanbib latex

This invocation will print data in the BibLaTeX format to the standard output:

title = {The Latex package},
subtitle = {A TeX macro package that defines LaTeX},
author = {Lamport, Leslie and The LaTeX Team},
url = {},
urldate = {2018-08-23}, 
date = {2018-04-01},
version = {PL 5}

The --ctan option:

$ ctanbib -c hyperref

This produces bib record with the @ctan type:

title = {The Hyperref package},
subtitle = {Extensive support for hypertext in LaTeX},
author = {Rahtz, Sebastian and Oberdiek, Heiko},
url = {/macros/latex/contrib/hyperref},
urldate = {2018-08-27}, 
date = {},
version = {6.86b}

See also

See ctanbib-doc.pdf for more details


No known bugs.


Michal Hoftich (


Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this software under the terms of the LaTeX Project Public License, version 1.3.

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