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, visualize, 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 alternative to Xcode, having more features, using less disk space, less memory and starting up much faster.
• 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 the selected items, via "Editor -> Sort...". Selecting a single item, which is an array or dictionary, allows you to sort the children of that item
• 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
• 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 Colors" 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
• Now you can sort the PLIST items by clicking the column headers. The sorting can be done ascending or descending and it follows these rules: if two or more items are selected and a column header is clicked, then only those items are sorted. If a single Array or Dictionary is selected, then all the first level children are sorted. If a single Boolean, Date, Data, Number or String is selected, then all the children of the parent containing that item are sorted. A small arrow will be displayed on the column header that was sorted most recently and will indicate how the sorting was done: ascending or descending.
• Adds an additional option to sort by in the “Sort” sheet. This is “By Type” and performs the sorting based on the (alphabetical) names of the types.
• Fixes an issue that could cause the app to crash when sorting items.
Introduced in Version 1.26
• A document containing the keyboard shortcuts from the app is now accessible via “Help” → “Keyboard Shortcuts”
• Adds a small area, located to the left of PLIST tree, which allows you to select, by dragging, multiple items instead of moving them. When the cursor is located within this area it will change its shape to a “right pointing” arrow instead of a “left pointing” one (which usually is). The addition of this area greatly improves the workflow of selecting and moving items using only the mouse, without any keyboard usage.
• Fixes an issue where “Print” didn’t work as expected, at least on macOS 10.15 (Catalina).
Introduced in Version 1.25
• The "Find" button from the toolbar now toggles the visibility of the Find bar.
• By default the application now uses the global "Find" clipboard for sharing the text to search for. This means the text you enter in one application (or in another PLIST Editor document) will automatically appear in another. You can disable this functionality by clicking the "search" (loupe) image in the Find bar (Command + F) and then uncheck "Use Shared Find Clipboard".
• The entries from PLIST tree editor can now be deleted using "delete forward" (fn + Delete). This is in addition to "delete", which was already supported.
• Similar to Xcode, the Boolean values are now displayed using a combox box containing YES/NO. If you want to switch to the old way of having a checkbox, you can do this from "Preferences -> Use a checkbox for Boolean values"
• The expanded items no longer (annoyingly) collapse when you change their type.
Introduced in Version 1.24
• Adds support to create and edit OpenStep/ASCII PLISTs.
• For OpenStep/ASCII PLISTs, the app now preserves the order of the items from a dictionary, showing them in the same order as they are defined in the file.
• Adds three more options to "Edit" -> "Copy As" menu. These are "XML PLIST", "Binary PLIST (Base64 Encoded)" and "OpenStep/ASCII PLIST".
Introduced in Version 1.23
• Adds a menu entry and a toolbar item which allows the changing of PLIST format.
• The keys for the items enclosed in an array are now displayed using a lighter gray color, to underline that they are not editable.
Introduced in Version 1.22
• When an item contained in a dictionary is embedded in an array or dictionary, then the item which is created as a result will retain the key of the item which was embedded. Note that this works only when embedding a single item, for multiple items the name of the key will continue to start with "New item -".
• The expanded items no longer (annoyingly) collase when you move them, or edit their keys or embed them in array or dictionary.
Introduced in Version 1.21
• Fixes an issue where the default window size wasn't set properly when using "Preferences" -> "Get from Sample Window..."
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Nice way to edit Plists w/o Xcode
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.
Developer Response ,
nekoDan, thank you for your feedback!
The plist editor I was looking for!
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.
Developer Response ,
Dr.Div, thank you for your review and rating! I'm really glad you appreciate the app and find it useful. If there's any issue you find or if there is anything you feel that might be improved, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Solid and lightweight way to edit plists!
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.