Software & Apps File Types What Is a PLS File? How to open, edit, and convert PLS files by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on May 14, 2020 File Types Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email A file with the PLS file extension is most likely an Audio Playlist file. They are plain text files that reference the location of audio files so that a media player can queue the files and play them one after the other. It's important to understand that PLS files aren't the actual audio files that the media player is opening; they're just references or links to the MP3s (or whatever format the files are in). However, some PLS files may instead be MYOB Accounting Data files or a PicoLog Settings files. There's also something called PLS_INTEGER that has nothing to do with any of these PLS file formats. PLS is also short for tech terms like physical layer switch, please (texting jargon), and private line service. How to Open a PLS File Audio Playlist files with the .PLS file extension can be opened with iTunes, Winamp Media Player, VLC, PotPlayer, Helium, Clementine, CyberLink PowerDVD, AudioStation, and other media management software programs. You can also open PLS files in Windows Media Player with Open PLS in WMP. (You can read more about how to do that in this gHacks.net tutorial). Like you can see below, Audio Playlist files can also be opened with a simple text editor like Notepad in Windows, or something more complex like a free text editor application. Here's a sample PLS file that has three items: [playlist] File1=C:\Users\Jon\Music\audiofile.mp3 Title1=Audio File Over 2m LongLength1=246 File2=C:\Users\Jon\Music\secondfile.Mid Title2=Short 20s FileLength2=20 File3=http://radiostream.example.orgTitle3: Radio StreamLength3=-1NumberOfEntries=3Version=2 If you use a text editor to view or edit the PLS file, something like the above is what you'll see, which means it won't actually let you use the PLS file to play the audio. For that, you'd need one of the programs mentioned above MYOB AccountRight and MYOB AccountEdge can open PLS files that are MYOB Accounting Data files. These files are typically used to hold financial information. PLS files that are created from PicoLog data logging devices can be opened with PicoLog Data Logging Software. If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the PLS file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open PLS files, see how to change the default program for a specific file extension for making that change in Windows. How to Convert a PLS File Before we explain how to convert a PLS Audio Playlist file, you should remember that the data contained in the file is just text. This means you can only convert the file to another text-based format, not a multimedia format like MP3. One way to convert a PLS file to another playlist format is to use one of the PLS openers from above, like iTunes or VLC. Once the PLS file has been opened in VLC, for example, you can use the Media > Save Playlist to File option to convert the PLS to M3U, M3U8, or XSPF. Another option is to use Online Playlist Creator to convert the PLS to WPL (a Windows Media Player Playlist file) or some other playlist file format. To convert the PLS file this way, you have to paste the contents of the .PLS file into a text box; you can copy the text out of the PLS file using a text editor. You can probably convert MYOB Accounting Data files and PicoLog Settings files from PLS to another file format using one of the programs from above that can open the file. Still Can't Open the File? If none of the information above has been helpful in opening your file, it's possible you're just misreading the file extension. Some file extensions are spelled in almost the exact same way as PLS files but they aren't related to the formats from above and therefore won't open with the same programs. For example, PLSC (Messenger Plus! Live Script), PLIST (Mac OS X Property List), and PLT (AutoCAD Plotter Document) files don't open like PLS playlist files even though they share some of the same letters in their file extensions. Does your file have a different file extension? Research the one that you do have to get more information on the programs that can open or convert it.