What is a .ENTITLEMENTS File And How To Open It – Apple (Guide)


Have you downloaded a file with .entitlements extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .entitlements file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .ENTITLEMENTS file?

The .ENTITLEMENTS file extension comes from Mac App Sandboxing Entitlements File. It was developed by Apple. The format of this file is text, and it is a development related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .entitlements file on 1 platform.

How to open a .ENTITLEMENTS file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .ENTITLEMENTS file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .ENTITLEMENTS file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .entitlements file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Xcode software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Apple Xcode and Apple TextEdit software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ENTITLEMENTS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Xcode software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .ENTITLEMENTS file?

If you are still unable to open the .ENTITLEMENTS file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ENTITLEMENTS file.env – Now Software, .env – E-on Software, .env – Corel, .enw – Clarivate, .enx – Acer. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .ENTITLEMENTS file with the Apple Xcode, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac.