Uses Autocomplete+ to fill-in keys from bibtex, citeproc JSON, and citeproc YAML files.







This package provides the following services:


Adds citation key autocompletion to autocomplete+ for Atom. Supports bibtex and citeproc (yaml) file formats.





You can install autocomplete-bibtex using the Preferences pane.


  1. Add an array of the files you want to search for citation keys to config.cson. Valid extensions are bib, json, and yaml.
  'bibtex': [

(For instructions about editing config.cson, check out the Atom documentation.)

If you prefer a graphical user interface, you can add edit the settings directly in Packages - Settings View - Manage Packages - autocomplete-bibtex as shown in the illustrated screenshot below:

  1. By default, the autocomplete-bibtex package is configured to provide suggestions in scopes which Atom recognizes as Markdown.

  2. In the document in which you want a citation, type '@' (the beginning of a Pandoc citation) and then begin to type the family name of any of the authors of the work you wish to cite. For instance, to cite

Krijnen, J., Swierstra, D., & Viera, M. O. (2014). Expand: Towards an Extensible Pandoc System. In M. Flatt & H.-F. Guo (Eds.), Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages (pp. 200–215). Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from

type the beginning of @krijnen, @swierstra, or @viera. (The search is not case sensitive, so @Krijnen or even @KRIJNEN will also work.)

A list of possible works will display as soon as you type @ and will filter as you continue to type. Select the work you desire from the list, hit tab to autocomplete, and the citation will be added for you.

For instance, given a BibTeX entry like this

	series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
	title = {Expand: Towards an Extensible Pandoc System},
	copyright = {©2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland},
	isbn = {978-3-319-04131-5, 978-3-319-04132-2},
	shorttitle = {Expand},
	url = {},
	abstract = {The Pandoc program is a versatile tool for converting between document formats. It comes with a great variety of readers, each converting a specific input format into the universal Pandoc format, and a great variety of writers, each mapping a document represented in this universal format onto a specific output format. Unfortunately the intermediate Pandoc format is fixed, which implies that a new, unforeseen document element cannot be added. In this paper we propose a more flexible approach, using our collection of Haskell libraries for constructing extensible parsers and attribute grammars. Both the parsing and the unparsing of a specific document can be constructed out of a collection of precompiled descriptions of document elements written in Haskell. This collection can be extended by any user, without having to touch existing code. The Haskell type system is used to enforce that each component is well defined, and to verify that the composition of a collection components is consistent, i.e. that features needed by a component have been defined by that component or any of the other components. In this way we can get back the flexibility e.g. offered by the packages in the {\textbackslash}{LaTeX}{\textbackslash}mbox\{{\textbackslash}{LaTeX}\} package eco-system.},
	language = {en},
	number = {8324},
	urldate = {2014-07-23},
	booktitle = {Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages},
	publisher = {Springer International Publishing},
	author = {Krijnen, Jacco and Swierstra, Doaitse and Viera, Marcos O.},
	editor = {Flatt, Matthew and Guo, Hai-Feng},
	month = jan,
	year = {2014},
	keywords = {Attribute Grammars, Document Formatting, Haskell, Logics and Meanings of Programs, Pandoc, Parsing, Programming Languages, Compilers, Interpreters, Programming Techniques, Software Engineering, Type System},
	pages = {200--215},

typing @krijnen and hitting tab (assuming this is the only work by Krijnen in the selected BibTeX files) would yield

  1. You can also search through citations using the autocomplete-bibtex:search command

Custom citation formatting.

As of version 0.3.0, you can customize what autocomplete-bibtex inserts when you confirm an autocomplete suggestion.

By default, autocomplete-bibtex inserts a Pandoc-style citation (e.g., @krijnen_expand_2014 from the example above). However, if you prefer a different insertion, say a LaTeX footnote citation like \footfullcite{krijnen_expand_2014}, you can adjust the resultTemplate configuration variable in the package preferences or add another key to config.cson.

  'bibtex': [
  'resultTemplate': '\footfullcite{[key]}'

Autocomplete-bibtex will replace the string [key] with the key of the BibTeX entry you select using the autocomplete feature.

N.B. Even if you use a custom citation format, the autocompletion feature is still triggered by typing @ and then part of an author’s name.


Many thanks to those few developers who work tirelessly to improve autocomplete-plus. Without their hard work and support, this package could not exist.