PLIST File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a PLIST file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle 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.

How to open PLIST files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension PLIST for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 9 different PLIST openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension PLIST

While we know of one file format using the .PLIST file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .PLIST file.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
plist Editor Proplist Editor ProUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Oxygen Forensic Plist ViewerOxygen Forensic Plist ViewerUser submitted
TomTom HOMETomTom HOMEUser submitted
HandBrakeHandBrakeUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PLIST-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with PLIST-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!