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EditAppInfo.ksh (GPL)

EditAppInfo.ksh makes it easy to edit a Mac OS X application's info property list (Info.plist). You won't have to change directory, change permission, or even find the Info.plist file. Just specify the application name(s) and EditAppInfo.ksh will do all that for you. It opens up the Info.plist file in TextEdit. Just save the file after you are done modifying it.

EditAppInfo.ksh makes a backup copy of the original Info.plist file before loading it up for you to edit. The backup copy is stored in the same directory as the original "Info.plist" file, under the new "Info.EditAppInfo" name. It will only create the backup file if the file doesn't already exist. Keep in mind it only backs up the original file once, the very first time you use EditAppInfo.ksh with the application. It doesn't do it every time you edit the same "Info.plist" file.

EditAppInfo.ksh is a Korn shell script that can be executed in Mac OS X's Terminal program. It is distributed as executable source code under the GNU General Public License. Please see the license agreement elsewhere on this site.

See "Property List Key Reference" in "Related Links" below to see what property items can be changed.


EditAppInfo.ksh "Application 1" [ . . . "Application N" ]


$ EditAppInfo.ksh Safari

$ EditAppInfo.ksh "Remote Desktop Connection"

$ EditAppInfo.ksh "" "Macfusion"

$ EditAppInfo.ksh iChat itunes "Photo Booth"


Apple started code signing all applications on Leopard (10.5). If you use this utility on your applications, those application's digital signature will become invalid, which means they will not have access to Keychain. So it is fine to use on non-password-oriented applications or if you don't use Keychain functions at all. This Keychain access issue only applies to Mac OS X 10.5 and newer. See "Related Links" below for work-arounds.

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Chieh Cheng
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 10:27:23 +0000

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