What Is a PLS File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert PLS Files

Screenshot of several PLS files in Windows 10 that open with PotPlayer
PLS Files.

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 are not 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.

Note: There's also something called PLS_INTEGER that has nothing to do with any of these PLS file formats.

How to Open a PLS File

Audio Playlist files with the .PLS file extension can be opened with Apple's iTunes, Winamp Media Player, VLC Media Player, PotPlayer, Helium Music Manager, 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++. Here's a sample PLS file that has three items:

[playlist] 

File1=C:\Users\Jon\Music\audiofile.mp3 
Title1=Audio File Over 2m Long
Length1=246 

File2=C:\Users\Jon\Music\secondfile.Mid 
Title2=Short 20s File
Length2=20 

File3=http://radiostream.example.org
Title3: Radio Stream
Length3=-1

NumberOfEntries=3
Version=2

Note: 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.

Tip: If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the PLS file but it's the wrong application or if you would 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 Your 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.

If you do in fact have a PLS file but nothing on this page has worked to open or convert it, see Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with the file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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