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Property List Files

  • Edward Marczak
  • Greg Neagle

Abstract

The property list file format (.plist) is at the heart of many operations in Mac OS X. As a well-structured XML document, the .plist format is easy to parse programmatically. The format is important to understand, as Apple’s preferences are currently stored in .plist files (however, Apple makes no guarantees of this format going forward). Not coincidentally, Managed Preferences are stored and delivered in a formatted .plist file, too. There are several tools available on Mac OS X that allow you to work with .plist files. These include Property List Editor.app and the plutil, defaults, and PlistBuddy command-line tools. Because .plist is the native format for Managed Preferences, it’s essential for an administrator to understand the contents of a .plist file, and how to work with them.

Keywords

Plain Text Manage Preference Preference Domain Menu Item Container Type 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Edward Marczak and Greg Neagle 2010

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  • Edward Marczak
  • Greg Neagle

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