PLIST Editor

PLIST Editor

By Vlad Badea

  • Category: Developer Tools
  • Release Date: 2016-09-27
  • Current Version: 1.29
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 5.10 MB
  • Developer: Vlad Badea
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.11 or later.


PLIST Editor is an easy to use editor for property list (.plist) data. In a clean and uncluttered interface, it allows you to quickly create, visualise, modify, and save your .plist documents. PLIST Editor is probably the only "source control" friendly property list editor that you can find on the market (except Xcode, of course). For XML plists (the most commonly used) and OpenStep/ASCII plists, it maintains the order of dictionary elements and the editing capabilities are on parity with Xcode, so you don't see a difference between a file edited in PLIST Editor and one edited in Xcode. PLIST Editor can be used as a lightweight Xcode alternative, having more features, using less disk space, less memory and starting up much faster. Core features: • Open and save property list files in XML, Binary and OpenStep/ASCII format. • Import plist data contained in .mobileconfig or .mobileprovision files or other files which are encoded using Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS). For the files encoded using CMS there is support to see information about the signers (email address and certificate) and the additional certificates which might be included in the message. • Multiple selection - works on sibling elements • Cut, copy, paste, duplicate, delete and reorder the elements. You can do all these operations even when multiple elements are selected. • "Source control" friendly - for XML and OpenStep/ASCII property lists the order of dictionary elements is preserved, showing them in the same order as they are defined in the file. Similarly, when the property list is written to disk, the order of items from a dictionary written to disk is the same as the one seen on screen. This is especially useful when you keep the files in a repository, because only the relevant changes will be shown when diff-ing the edited files. • Find & Replace text in the property list elements. You can choose where the Find (and Replace) will take place: in "Key" column or "Value" column or both. The option which controls which columns will be searched is available by clicking the "search" image in the find bar (Command + F) and then accessing the options from "Find In" submenu. • Find & Replace also lets you configure where in the text to look for matches: "Contains", "Equals To", "Starts With", "Ends With" and "Regular Expression" • Sort items • Undo and redo • Edit the elements of a property list. This works both for a single item (be it key or value) or for multiple items (via "Edit -> Edit Value..."). • Open and edit the files created using NSKeyedArchiver without any loss of information • Support for pasting plist data, either from raw XML or from Xcode • Copy elements as Swift objects so you can use them in Xcode • Copy elements as Objective-C objects, both modern and classic syntax, so you can use them in Xcode • Copy elements as JSON data, both indented and compact JSON • Copy elements as XML, Binary (Base 64 encoded) and OpenStep/ASCII plists • Embed selected elements in array or dictionary • Shift elements to left or right • Quickly move elements up or down • Row height which accommodates multi-line text • "Add" and "Remove" buttons on the outline element which is tracked by mouse • Option in Preferences to choose the default font, along with the font size • Option in Preferences to "Alternate Row Colours" in the outline • Ability to increase and decrease font size for better readability, per each document individually • Versions support • Option, in Preferences, to disable the Auto Save (and Versions) • Detect when the document is changed by another application • Double click one of column separators to resize the corresponding column so the largest text in that column will be visible • Toolbar to access common operations • Dark Mode support on macOS Mojave 10.14 and above



  • Solid and lightweight way to edit plists!

    By BusinessHammocks
    I'm really glad an app like this exists. I needed to make a change to a binary plist file, and while I was waiting for Xcode to finish installing required components, I found this app, downloaded, opened up the file, and made the change I needed to make. Definitely a tool any Mac power user should have on their machine.
  • The plist editor I was looking for!

    By Dr.Div
    I'm a hobbyist game developer and I needed a good tool to access player preferences data. I tried to use XCode before but this plist editor is a far better tool where you can sort your child variables, change font size quickly with CMD /-, and many features you can't do with XCode. Thank you Devs for developing such a great tool and making it available at a reasonable price.
  • Like it, but wish it had more defaults

    By mrjimmyp2
    This is a really slick editor for existing plist files, but I was hoping it would offer more default values when creating new ones. For example, instead of having me type a key, I wish it would give me the option to select from a list of valid plist keys.
  • The right tool

    By Ovidiu Carstea
    Best tool for working with PList and Source Code. Saved me a lot of time. Thank you Vlad
  • Errors loading XML

    By AeroD
    I’ve been trying to load some standard XML files and/or schema files and recieve a general error that it’s not in the correct format. There is no help built in to the application either
  • So far so good!

    By Danny Hanes
    Honestly, I was going to go with a different app, but seeing how quickly the developer responded to comments gave me hope. If I run into any issues I will post my feedback. Thanks!
  • Nice way to edit Plists w/o Xcode

    By nekoDan
    This app works really well for editing plists. It’s more powerful than Xcode and the developer is responsive to bug and feature requests. For about the price of a cup of espresso, you can support the developer AND have an excellent tool for editing plists.
  • Do not use if you are using version control

    By norsemelon
    When I open a plist in this app, the items in my plist are re-ordered (originally they were in alphabetic order). Also, inexplicably, all the real number values are changed to be infinite decimals (i.e. 0.6 to 0.599999999). All of these changes show up in version control, so if you were expecting to commit any changes to your repo, forget about it.
  • Doesn’t work with non-standard filename extensions

    By Plister2
    Program fails to save files with non-standard file extensions: it gives an error saying "The document “filename.extension” could not be saved. You don’t have permission.” (even though full permission to modify the file exists). Also: no contact information on the support site (which is just a blog with no content), so cannot get support.