.PLIST File Extension

File Type:
Mac OS X Property List File

Having trouble opening .plist extension? Don't panic! This page explains what plist files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open plist files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a PLIST file?

Plist file extension has Mac OS X Property List file type, developed by Apple, which is associated with the "settings files" category.

Properties file is commonly used by Mac OS X programs. The file is formatted in XML. It typically saves multiple program’s properties and settings.

Properties files may be either saved in a binary, or text format. The latter may be easily edited using a text editor. However, users are strongly recommended not to edit text-based documents, as those are usually modified by their respective programs if needed.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Mac OS X Property List File
Settings Files

How to open PLIST file?

Double click the plist file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .plist extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the plist extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the plist file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open PLIST files

  • Windows Windows
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Apple Property List Editor Apple Property List Editor
    • Fat Cat PlistEdit Pro Fat Cat PlistEdit Pro
    • PrefEdit PrefEdit
    • Night Productions Pref Setter Night Productions Pref Setter
    • Late Night Property List Tools Late Night Property List Tools
    • Apple plutil Apple plutil
    • Any text editor Any text editor

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the plist file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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