Information about the .plist (plist) file type

This is one of three possibilities that we have on file for the .plist file extension, follow this link to view all three possibilities.

Below is all the information we have available on file about the .plist (plist) file type.

Property list file. A file that contains serialized objects, typically on Max OS, NextStep or GNUstep programming frameworks. These are known as "property list" files because a serialised file is typically a list of properties.

The .plist files themselves are ASCII files and were designed to be human readable. The contents of a .plist file can be viewed and edited using a simple text editor.

Do not confuse .plist property list files with .plist preference files - both property lists and preference files use the same file extension and serve similar roles but the internal file formats are different. Preference files use XML whereas property lists are plain ASCII.

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Where this is available we would like to include file format information on .plist files, as well as information on how to view or open files of type .plist. If you know of any information which we have missed then please let us know.