I'm not seeing results for the contents of plist files. I'm searching for All > Any Text > Contains All > search term

This turns up the content of text files, but not plist files which are also text files. 

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HoudahSpot searches the Spotlight index. This relies on importer plug-ins to extract content and metadata from proprietary file formats. Such importers are usually included with the application that owns the file format. macOS includes importers for common file formats.

It appears that macOS does not include an importer for .plist files. I could not find a third party Spotlight importer plug-in that processes plist files.

BTW, not all plist files are text files. If they were, you could hack the existing importer for text files to also process the plist files. Newer plist files are often in binary format.


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