iPhone read/write .plist file

I guess you have added your plist file to your resources folder in Xcode (where we place image, if not then you need to place that first). Resources data goes to [NSBundle mainBundle] by default and iOS does not allow us to change data inside bundle. So first you need to copy that file to Documents Directory.

Here is the code for copying file from NSBundle to the Documents directory.

- (NSString *)copyFileToDocumentDirectory:(NSString *)fileName {
    NSError *error;
    NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory,
    NSString *documentsDir = [paths objectAtIndex:0];
    NSString *documentDirPath = [documentsDir

    NSArray *file = [fileName componentsSeparatedByString:@"."];
    NSString *filePath = [[NSBundle mainBundle]
                                         pathForResource:[file objectAtIndex:0]
                                                  ofType:[file lastObject]];

    NSFileManager *fileManager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];
    BOOL success = [fileManager fileExistsAtPath:documentDirPath];

    if (!success) {
        success = [fileManager copyItemAtPath:filePath
        if (!success) {
        NSAssert1(0, @"Failed to create writable txt file file with message \
                                         '%@'.", [error localizedDescription]);

    return documentDirPath;

Now you can use the returned documentDirPath to access that file and manipulate (Read/Write) over that.

The plist structure is:

    <dict>key-value data</dict>
    <dict>key-value data</dict>

Here is code to write data into plist file:

/* Code to write into file */

- (void)addToMyPlist {
    // set file manager object
    NSFileManager *manager = [NSFileManager defaultManager];

    // check if file exists
    NSString *plistPath = [self copyFileToDocumentDirectory:

    BOOL isExist = [manager fileExistsAtPath:plistPath];    
    // BOOL done = NO;

    if (!isExist) {
        // NSLog(@"MyPlistFile.plist does not exist");
        // done = [manager copyItemAtPath:file toPath:fileName error:&error];
    // NSLog(@"done: %d",done);

    // get data from plist file
    NSMutableArray * plistArray = [[NSMutableArray alloc]

    // create dictionary using array data and bookmarkKeysArray keys
    NSArray *keysArray = [[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects:@"StudentNo", nil];
    NSArray *valuesArray = [[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects:
                                   [NSString stringWithFormat:@"1234"], nil];

    NSDictionary plistDict = [[NSDictionary alloc]

    [plistArray insertObject:poDict atIndex:0];

    // write data to  plist file
    //BOOL isWritten = [plistArray writeToFile:plistPath atomically:YES];
    [plistArray writeToFile:plistPath atomically:YES];

    plistArray = nil;

    // check for status
    // NSLog(@" \n  written == %d",isWritten);

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