How to Convert .Plist to Text

Techwalla may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

A .plist file, or Property List file, is an XML file used in Mac OS X, most commonly used to save application preferences. The files can be viewed and edited as text in a standard text editor such as TextEdit. If you wish to convert the file from a .plist to a text document, you can simply save the file as a text document using the editor. Be sure not to make any changes to the original .plist files as it can cause issues with the OS and associated applications.

Advertisement

Step 1

Locate the .plist file. Right-click or Command-click and select "Open With," then "TextEdit." The .plist file will open as a text document in the TextEdit application.

Video of the Day

Step 2

Cluck the document, click "Edit," then "Select All." Click "Edit," then "Copy."

Step 3

Click "File," then "New." This will open a blank TextEdit document. Click "Edit," then "Paste." This will copy the .plist text from the original .plist file and paste it into a new text document. Once pasted, close the original .plist document. This is to ensure you do not make any accidental changes to the original .plist.

Advertisement

Step 4

Click "File," then "Save As..." from the menu bar. Enter a name for the new text document and select a location to save the text file. Set the file format to "Rich Text Format" and click "Save."

Advertisement

references