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plutil

View, convert, validate, or edit property list ("plist") files.

  • Display the contents of one or more plist files in human-readable format:

plutil -p {{file1.plist file2.plist ...}}

  • Convert one or more plist files to XML format, overwriting the original files in-place:

plutil -convert xml1 {{file1.plist file2.plist ...}}

  • Convert one or more plist files to binary format, overwriting the original files in-place:

plutil -convert binary1 {{file1.plist file2.plist ...}}

  • Convert a plist file to a different format, writing to a new file:

plutil -convert {{xml1|binary1|json|swift|objc}} {{path/to/file.plist}} -o {{path/to/new_file.plist}}

  • Convert a plist file to a different format, writing to stdout:

plutil -convert {{xml1|binary1|json|swift|objc}} {{path/to/file.plist}} -o -