Understanding macOS Plist File

The Property List File used by macOS is a setting file popularly known as plist file. It contains properties and configuration settings for various programs and application and bundling together with them. Property list files use the filename extension .plist, hence, often referred to as plist file.

The extension of Property List File is .plist; its located at /Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Preferences folders.

The file names take the form of a reversed domain name, an application name, and a .plist file extension. Examples are: com.apple.dock.plist and com.google.Chrome.plist.

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Plist File

NOTE: While doing applications-based troubleshooting there are multiple instances wherein one can delete plist files of applications from the said locations. This is done as while uninstalling the applications these plist files are not removed by default. One simple way of making sure that there are no traces of an app or its subsidiary files or folders within mac is by using a simple and light uninstaller named Appcleaner. This makes sure that the application being uninstalled is uninstalled completely and with it all its subsidiary items.

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