PLIST Editor

I recently stumbled over a Property List Editor on the Mac AppStore that I had not seen before.

PLIST Editor

My favorite graphical property list editor so far is PlistEdit Pro from FatCat Software. True to its name, PlistEdit Pro has a few nice “pro” features that PLIST Editor lacks: Preference Browsing, Browser windows, AppleScript, Plist Structure definitions

However, PLIST Editor comes in at a much lower price point (US$3.99 on the Mac AppStore). Its feature set covers all the necessities. It can open property list files with file extensions other than .plist (for those pkginfo or recipe files you want to edit) and supports drag and drop and undo and even the macOS versioning system.

PLIST Editor can open and save XML and binary property lists and can open legacy ASCII/Openstep property lists. To convert from binary to XML or vice versa you have to duplicate a file.

It does not have a command line tool to quickly open a property list file from Terminal. This is a limitation imposed by being on the AppStore. However, you can use the open command:

$ open -a 'PLIST Editor' sample.plist
You can add an alias to your shell profile to simplify this: `alias pacifist='open -a "PLIST Editor"'`

Overall it seems like a useful tool that serves its purpose well. It is being actively updated. So, go and check it out!

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