PLIST File Extension

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Mac OS X Property List Format
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What is PLIST file?

Files in the PLIST format are setting files which include information on configuration and properties of many programs in the Mac OS X environment. Therefore, they are also called the “preference files”. PLIST files often store user’s settings and data on packages. Files are standard element of Apple OS X Core Foundation system.

Different forms of PLIST files

PLIST files can be stored using two methods – as text or binary – they use the XML format, due to the fact that it arranges in order content of a file. Files stored as text can be viewed and edited using a text editor, however, there are specific programs which can facilitate edition of such files.

Converting PLIST fieles

PLIST files can be easily converted between the text and XML formats utilising the command line and the „plutil” command. Commands regarding conversion are:

  • binary format into XML - plutil -convert xml1 file.plist,
  • XML format into binary - plutil -convert binary1 file.plist

Additional information

Name of a PLIST file, according to the assumption should be as follows: Info.plist . Always consider whether letters in PLIST files are capital because those are differentiating when analysed by system.

Programs that support PLIST file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the PLIST file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the PLIST file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the PLIST file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the PLIST file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the PLIST file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the PLIST file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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