.PLIST File Extension

Property List File

Files with .plist extension contain properties and settings for Mac OS apps. They are saved in XML format - text or binary. The format is from Apple’s Core Foundation. Main plist files are Info.plis...

General Information

Title PLIST File Extension
Extension .plist
Full Form Property List File
File Type Settings/Preferences File
Developer Apple Inc.
MIME Type application/xml, text/xml

File Function

Primary Function Store settings
Additional Functions Configuration data, Serialize objects
Features Key-value pairs, XML/ASCII/Binary format

File Characteristics

Quality Structured data
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Application Settings Yes
System Preferences Yes
Data Serialization Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Sensitive data exposure
Best Practices Encryption, Access controls

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Early 2000s
Latest Version Depends on software

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .xml, .json, .config

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Xcode Free Mac
Property List Editor Free Mac
plist Editor Pro Paid Windows