Plist Pad is a property list file / plist editor for Windows and soon Linux and OSX. Designed around the native Plist editor for OSX and adding useful features such as find and replace, Plist Pad is intended to bring friendly plist editing to all platforms.

Plist Pad is a simple property list file editor for Windows (Linux and OSX builds coming soon!). Plist Pad is currently just an alpha build of something that I’ve hoped would materialize on the internet for some time now. As far as I know, there is no good Plist editor for Windows that looks and acts like the built-in OSX Plist file editor. Well, hopefully Plist Pad will change that!

Editing a Plist File on Windows using Plist Pad

Please note that Plist Pad is currently in a very early stage of development. I’ve tested it on a dozen or so plist files of various sizes but please assume that this application can possibly mangle your Plist files. It hopefully won’t (and shouldn’t), but if it does - don’t blame me, you were warned! I know it’s a faff, but you would be advised to save a backup of your plist file(s) before using PlistPad for the time being. Of course, if you’re using Git or Dropbox, then you should be fine - as you can just revert.


There are a few limitations with the current build of Plist Pad, the most notable are as follows:

  • There is no undo feature yet. You would be advised not to hit the delete key on any valuable data.
  • You can only open/save files in XML Plist format. I plan on adding support for binary Plist files, but it’s not there yet.


Use the following links to download PlistPad for your system. I am currently only building for Windows x64 until I’ve got the main features that I have planned implemented. If you desperately need a build on Linux, Win32 (or OSX), you can download and build from GitHub.

Windows (x64): [Plist Pad 0.1.0 Installer (16Mb)]({% include download-link.html path="plistpad/plist-pad-x64-installer-0-1-0.exe” %} “Plist Pad 0.1.0 Installer”), [Plist Pad 0.1.0 Zipped Binary (16Mb)]({% include download-link.html path="plistpad/” %} “Plist Pad 0.1.0 Zip”)

Apologies that it’s big, I’m using Qt and by default it wants to use icudt49.dll, which is 18Mb unzipped in itself.

Licence (GPL v3)

Plist Pad is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


Plist Pad was built using the Qt Widget Library and uses images from the Open Icon Library.


This software is provided “as is” and any expressed or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the regents or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages (including, but not limited to procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibiltiy of such damage.