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.PL File Extension

File Type 1Perl Script

DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.9 (103 Votes)
CategoryDeveloper Files
FormatText

What is a PL file?

A PL file contains source code written in Perl, which is a scripting language that is compiled and run using a Perl interpreter. It contains lines of Perl program code with variables, operations, functions, and comments. PL files may be difficult to read due to the brief and compact nature of the Perl language syntax.

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Screenshot of a .pl file in Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1

PL file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code 1

PL scripts may be used for a variety of purposes, including web server CGI scripting, system administration, and app GUI development. The scripting language is also commonly used to read and search through large amounts of text files since it is especially helpful for parsing text.

Programmers typically open and modify PL files with source code editors, such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code and MacroMates TextMate. Plain text editors, which include Microsoft Notepad and Apple TextEdit, may also be used to open and modify PL files. However, source code editors provide more helpful viewing and editing features for the Perl scripting language that are not available with plain text editors.

NOTE: PL files typically start with the line #!/usr/local/bin/perl, which tells the computer to run the script using the installed Perl interpreter.

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Programs that open PL files
Updated 10/25/2019

File Type 2Prolog Source Code File

DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.3 (22 Votes)
CategoryDeveloper Files
FormatN/A

.PL File Association 2

Contains program source code written in Prolog, a declarative programming language often used for artificial intelligence applications and teaching purposes; can be edited with a text editor and compiled with a Prolog interpreter.

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Prolog is an abbreviation for "Programmation en Logique."

Programs that open PL files
Windows
SWI-Prolog
Strawberry Prolog
PDC Visual Prolog
Mac
SWI-Prolog
Linux
SWI-Prolog
Strawberry Prolog
Updated 9/20/2007

File Type 3Unix Color Plot File

DeveloperBRL-CAD
Popularity
2.3 (12 Votes)
CategoryVector Image Files
FormatN/A

.PL File Association 3

2D or 3D image plot created with BRL-CAD, a combinatorial Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) solid modeling system; typically generated with MGED (Multi-Device Geometry Editor), included in the BRL-CAD software package.

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NOTE: PL files can be converted to standard .PNG image files using BRL-CAD's pl-fb and fb-png commands.

Programs that open PL files
Windows
BRL-CAD
Mac
BRL-CAD
Linux
BRL-CAD
Updated 9/5/2008

About PL Files

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