What are PLIST files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PLIST file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a PLIST file?
A .PLIST file is a MacOS Property List file.
These files contain property information about various MacOS programs and are a part of the OS X Core Foundation. 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 MacOS older than MacOS Tiger (10.4).
The PLIST files that are saved in binary format are used for MacOS Tiger.
You can convert PLIST files between binary and XML formats by using the plutil (Property List Utility) command line utility that comes with newer versions of MacOS.
How to open PLIST files
Important: Different programs may use files with the PLIST file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PLIST file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested seven different PLIST openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: February 24, 2023
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of PLIST files. Remember, different programs may use PLIST files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|plist Editor Pro||User submitted|
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|Oxygen Forensic Plist Viewer||User submitted|
|TomTom HOME||User submitted|
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