Opening PLIST files

Did your computer fail to open a PLIST file? We explain what PLIST files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your PLIST files.

What is a PLIST file?

Files with the .plist extension contain property information about a variety of different Mac OS programs. These files are a part of the OS X Core Foundation. They are used by a number of OS X applications.

In some cases, files with the .plist extension will be called "preference" files. PLIST files can be saved in either ASCII, XML or Binary format. The older PLIST files are written in ASCII format and they are for older versions of the Mac operating system. The XML PLIST files are used for versions of the Mac OS that were distributed prior to Tiger. The PLIST files that are saved in binary format are used for the Tiger operating system.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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