Files with the file extension PLIST are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include Mac OS X Property List, HandBrake, and Apple. PLIST files contain data and information related to the program that created them.
If the PLIST file is identified as a Mac OS X Property List file, it is a settings file type which contains settings and configurations for a variety of Mac OS X programs. The file can also be in an XML format, which stands for Extensible Markup Language and is a programming language used for running programs and applications. PLIST files can also be created in a plain text format.
PLIST files associated with HandBrake are a settings file type that contains configurations for running the HandBrake software application. HandBrake is a video transcoder and conversion program distributed under a General Public License.
If the PLIST file is associated with Apple, the file is a text file type that contains programming language for a variety of applications used with Apple computers. Apple PLIST files are typically created in ASCII plain text and provide instructions for your PC as to how programs and applications should be launched.
How to Open PLIST Files
Since PLIST files are associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. PLIST files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open such files.
If the PLIST file is associated with Mac OS X Property List, you can open it using Apple Property List Editor or Apple plutil. You can also use Fat Cat PlistEdit Pro or Late Night Property List Tools to open PLIST files on a Mac PC. It is important to mention that you should avoid opening PLIST using Apple TextEdit or other text editing program if you are unsure of the contents to avoid accidentally modifying the file, which could render a program or application useless.
If the PLIST file is related to HandBrake, you can open it by downloading and installing the HandBrake open source video program. HandBrake is multiplatform and is available as a free download from the HandBrake or CNET website. You can use HandBrake with Windows, Mac OS X, or the Linux operating system.
If the PLIST file is created as an Apple Property List file, you can open and view its contents using any text editing program that is compatible with an Apple PC. You can use Apple TextEdit, TextMate, Apple Pages, or OpenOffice Writer to access PLIST files.