I try to use the plugin fzf-Bibtex to insert citations in a scientific paper.

I have installed all dependencies and plugins.

These have been added to my .vimrc:

Plug 'msprev/fzf-bibtex' 
Plug 'junegunn/fzf', { 'do': { -> fzf#install() } } 
Plug 'junegunn/fzf.vim'

As mentioned in the documentation, I have used the VIM command line:


But got the error:

E492: Not an editor command: bibtex-ls
  • Has anyone tried to use this plugin?
  • Is that the right command to use?
  • If not, how did you manage to use citations with the PlugIn?
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    bibtex-ls is a command-line tool that makes it easy to integrate with fzf. From vim, you would need to use the fzf support to invoke bibtex-ls
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 1, 2022 at 14:37

1 Answer 1


The command to type to test it is in your path is


You are executing an external programme, not a vim command.

However, if you want to actually use fzf-bibtex in Vim in a meaningful way, you need to integrate it into your vim-fzf setup as described in the manual.


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