Introduction to Property Lists

Property lists organize data into named values and lists of values using several object types. These types give you the means to produce data that is meaningfully structured, transportable, storable, and accessible, but still as efficient as possible. Property lists are frequently used by applications running on both OS X and iOS. The property-list programming interfaces for Cocoa and Core Foundation allow you to convert hierarchically structured combinations of these basic types of objects to and from standard XML. You can save the XML data to disk and later use it to reconstruct the original objects.

This document describes property lists and their various representations, and how to work with them using both certain Foundation classes of Cocoa and Property List Services of Core Foundation.

Organization of This Document

This document consists of the following chapters: