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PlistEdit Pro is the most advanced property list editor written for Mac OS X. Property list files are used throughout Mac OS X, and with PlistEdit Pro, users can easily change these files and exert finer control over their systems. You can use PlistEdit Pro in your development work, and its built-in preference file browser lets you explore and tweak your system's settings to your heart's content.

Some of PlistEdit Pro's features include:

  • Full drag and drop and copy/paste support
  • Full keyboard navigation of the interface
  • The ability to view and edit a property list both in an outline and as more...

What's New

Version 1.7.4:
  • PlistEdit Pro's crash reporter now waits until actually submitting a crash report to attempt accessing the address book (which causes a system prompt to appear on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion)
  • PlistEdit Pro is now signed for running with Gatekeeper on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Added a workaround for a OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion bug that would cause PlistEdit Pro to "forget" more...


  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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7h31ll3g4l Member IconReview+13

new version 1.7 it's only crash

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Version 1.7
RJphotovideo Member IconComment+32

I downloaded v1.6, but File Info states its v1.5.

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Version 1.6
Pneshati Member IconReview+59

This truly is an amazing little piece of software. Especially useful for people who don't want to download Xcode (which is more than a gigabyte in compressed form), this product is far more useful than Apple's Property List Editor, as it show items in Binary (Standard Plist), ASCII, and XML formats. It only has competition from the freeware program Pref Setter, an application which seemingly lost support in 2008. While Pref Setter has a more "user-intuitive" interface, it is lacking in real features, such as changing the format.

In a nutshell, if you like your tools to be weak, obsolete, but nice-looking, sure, keep your money and use Pref Setter. However, if you're looking for something more powerful that is getting updates more regularly, pitch in the towel and buy PlistEditPro. For $30 USD, it's a really good buy.

I am aware that the last update for PlistEditPro was Halloween of 2009, but the developer, Brian Webster, delivered an update for another one of his applications this past November. Another feature that I failed to mention earlier is that PlistEditPro has AppleScript support. This is very useful for parsing a .plist file, except it is possible to use System Events to accomplish the same task.

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Version 1.5
Xenophile Member IconComment+693

Check out Pref Setter, it's comparable to PlistEdit Pro except that it's free.

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Version 1.4.1
Xplicit Member IconComment+805

With every copy of Mac OS X comes Apple's Property List Editor (install the developer stuff). I guess, comparing the features of both apps, it does the same, oh, and it's free.

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Version 1.4.1
easer Member IconComment+400

Does the free Pref Setter do the same thing? I honestly don't know. I use Apple's free program, but I remember coming across Pref Setter awhile back.


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Version 1.3.1
lexicon5 Member IconComment+13

Well Property List Editor has not failed me yet and it's FREE. I could see $10.00 but no WAY $24.95. At $24.95 you brush aside those that might need it but find the price too steep. Price it at $10 or $15 and you get more customers. More customers means more money if your product works. As for now, the only comments and reviews people are seeing is "Price Too High" and a paid advertisement by a friend of or the developer.

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Version 1.3.1
Maruko Drinking Team Member IconReview+107
Maruko Drinking Team

Look, sure, you don't need this app if you are a Mac developer. But if you are, you don't want to use a text editor. That might be fine if you only need to make a couple of edits. And Apple's plist tool is only very slightly better.

If you are frequently revising plist files used in complex apps, they often contain long lists of default preferences, configuration info, etc., and PlistEdit Pro will save you a lot of time: smart row-based cut and paste, drag and drop, undo, the ability to duplicate large dictionaries and arrays (or any property list data), and intelligent search features that understand keys and values and let you restrict searching to either or both. If you do much Mac development, the time savings and convenience easily justify the inexpensive price.

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Version 1.2.1
Maruko Drinking Team

Should read, "You don't need this app if you AREN'T a Mac developer."

Anonymous Member IconReview

I don't really see where the niche for this app lies. plist files are just text files. If you're a developer or 'property list power user' you'll probably want to use your regular text editor on them. If you're not a power user, it's unlikely you'll want to pay $25 for a slight improvement on what's freely available from Apple.

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member Icon

Might want to look at Tiger's plists - they're anything but text files now, and plist pro appears to edit them via "defaults" app in terminal, which was updated for tiger to handle its new plist format, so it's compatible with tiger's plists.

Anonymous Member Icon

Correction for the tiger comment here:

Install XCode
Convert Dock's plist to xml (Text)
plutil -convert xml1 com.apple.dock.plist

And now you can open it with any editor

Abhi Beckert

Pfft, and don't forget to convert it back to binary when you save. There's probably a reason why the developer chose not to use xml.

Even Apple's tool is more popular among developers than editing the source code.

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Version 1.7.4
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Downloads 274,520
Version Downloads 131,913
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 12 Jul 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $29.95
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