Open plist file

plist file icon Did your computer fail to open plist file? We explain what plist files are and recommend software that we know can open your plist files.

What is plist file?

Files with plist extension are related to the Apple Mac OS X (macOS) operating system. A plist file contains property list stored in XML simple text file format.

plist file description

File extension plist is associated mainly with Mac OS X (macOS) and iOS, but is also used in NeXTSTEP, and GNUstep programming frameworks.

A file with the plist file extension is a property file, a XML file using Apple’s plist DTD. Plist stands for Property List, and refers to the fact that plist files typically hold lists of properties.

The plist files are a standard part of OS X Core Foundation, so you’ll find them used by many OS X (macOS) native applications.

You can edit *.plist files using a text editor, or Apple’s PropertyListEditor, found on the Developer CD or on Apple’s web site.

Example of code in Apple's property list file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
   <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"    "">
<plist version="1.0">

Software that will open plist file


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Mac OS X

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Other plist file extensions

plist - HandBrake video settings preset

A plist file extension is related to the HandBrake, a video converting tool. A plist file contains preset.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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