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I have solved it. It is necessary to install the latest binary from the "development" folder, extract the only file called "biber" and copy it to "/usr/bin".

The binary of the latest stable version 1.0 will not work though and show this error.

slazer@peter:~/Downloads$ tar xvf "biber-linux_x86_64(2).tar.gz" 
slazer@peter:~/Downloads$ ./biber
data source /tmp/par-736c617a6572/cache-fb3144567cd1381b403b18600c1ec4b232b2c018/inc/lib/Biber/LaTeX/recode_data.xml not found in .
Compilation failed in require at Biber/ line 20.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at Biber/ line 20.
Compilation failed in require at Biber/ line 8.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at Biber/ line 8.
Compilation failed in require at (eval 22) line 2.
    ...propagated at /usr/local/perl/lib/5.14.1/ line 94.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at line 5.
Compilation failed in require at script/biber line 20.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at script/biber line 20.

What could be the problem? I have 64 bit Linux.

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To install Biber, you can do so from the Ubuntu Software Center. By clicking below:

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This is, however, only for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal). When I click it, the Ubuntu software center does not find the package. – Slazer Jul 25 '12 at 10:25

Ubuntu 12.04 uses biblatex version 1.7-1; you can verify this by running:

apt-cache show biblatex

According to the biber documentation, the last biber release to support biblatex 1.7 is biber 0.9.9.

You can download the appropriate version of biber 0.9.9—32bit or 64bit—here:

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In case anyone has trouble with more recent versions, the following worked for me, for Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty):

First, I completed a 'vanilla' install of TeXLive as per the instructions in the link.

Then simply:

sudo apt-get -y install biber

This currently installs version 1.8.

Everything appears to work fine with this, including AucTeX.

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Although there is no biber-package for ubuntu 12.04, you can go ahead and install the one from ubuntu 12.10. It is still available at After installing it with dpkg -i the dependencies can be pulled via apt-get -f install.

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