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 find can on the market (except Xcode, of course). For XML plists (the most commonly used), 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 property list files which are XML, Binary or OpenStep format.
• Save property list files in XML or Binary 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 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
• 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
• Adds the ability to import PLIST data contained in .mobileconfig or .mobileprovision files or other files which are encoded using Cryptographic Message Syntax.
• For the files encoded using Cryptographic Message Syntax there is support to see information about the signers (email address and certificate) and the additional certificates which might be included in the message.
Introduced in Version 1.14
• Adds Dark Mode support on macOS Mojave 10.14.
• Appearance can also be customized from Preferences (Command + ,). Available only from macOS 10.14, you can choose between "Respect System Setting", "Light" and "Dark".
• Improves the message which appears when trying to open a file which is not in the right PLIST format.
• You can now disable the sending of crash reports and statistics from Preferences (Command + ,).
Introduced in Version 1.13
• Fixes an issue where the application would cause the binary .plist files to be unreadable by some other applications, on OS X El Capitan (10.11)
Introduced in Version 1.12
• Adds a toolbar to the document window. The toolbar contains shortcuts to common operations like: Add item, Edit value, Duplicate items, Delete items, Sort, Find.
• Find is enhanced with the following option which configures how to look for matches: "Regular Expression". This option is available by clicking the "search" image in the Find bar (Command + F).
• Selecting a single item, which is an array or dictionary, allows you to sort the children of that item.
Introduced in Version 1.11
• Stability improvements and other minor "under the hood" changes.
Introduced in Version 1.10
• Stability improvements.
Introduced in Version 1.9
• Adds support to sort the selected items. Just select the items you want, choose "Editor -> Sort..." and adjust the sort options. There are multiple options which control how the sort is performed: Sort by key or by value or by subkey, Sort ascending or descending.
• For XML PLISTs, the application now preserves the order of the items from a dictionary, showing them in the same order as they are defined in the file. Similarly, when the PLIST is written to disk, the order of items from a dictionary written to disk is the same as the one seen on screen. This enhancement is especially useful when you keep the PLIST files in a repository, because only the relevant changes will be shown when diff-ing the edited files.
• Find is enhanced with the following options which configure where in the PLIST's keys and values to look for matches: "Contains", "Matches Exactly", "Starts With" and "Ends With". These options are available by clicking the "search" image in the Find bar (Command + F).
• Removes the occassional reminder to rate the application. Because it's cheesy.
• Other stability fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
So far so good!
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!
Developer Response ,
Hi Danny Hanes! Thanks for purchasing PLIST Editor and for your review. Is it possible for you to send me an email (email@example.com) to tell me why you intended to go with another app? Is it because of some functionality offered by the other app? Is it because of the price? Is it something else? You answer would help me enormously to improve (even more) PLIST Editor where it needs to.
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!
Errors loading XML
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
Developer Response ,
AeroD, I'm really sorry for this inconvenience! Is it possible for you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to help me understand the issue better and potentially provide a fix for it? Just to be super clear, PLIST Editor is not an application for editing arbitrary XML or XML Schema (.xsd) files, but instead is build for editing Plist files (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_list). XML Plist files are a very specialized form of XML, and if you don't provide this very specific form to the application it will present the error that the file is not in the correct format.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.