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Chapter 15. Development Tools > The Info.plist File

15.8. The Info.plist File

Metainformation about your project, which you usually define through Project Builder's Project → Edit Active Target (Option--E) dialog, is stored in a special Info.plist file, which Project Builder writes to the application's /Contents folder upon building. Every Bundle-style application on your system (that is, every Cocoa application and every Bundle-style Carbon or Java application as well) has one of these files, which are, like all .plist files, in Property List XML format (described in Chapter 22).

Taken together, all the Application/Application.app/Contents/Info.plist files installed in all the filesystem's domain-level Application folders (see Section 9.2.1) compose a registry of all the applications available to the machine. This lets the system build a database of application information, which lets the Finder assign the correct Kind to application-specific files under its List view and Info windows, the defaults program pair preference domains to applications (as Chapter 22 describes), and more. The application itself can also pull information from this file in order to help build its About dialog, for example, as well as know what file format its own documents use.


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