I'm writing my first launchd plist. When I try to load it with the following command:

$ launchctl load com.Test01.plist
  launchctl: no plist was returned for: com.Test01.plist nothing found to load

The plist is supposed to execute a shell command which writes the date to a file. The plist file follows. It is in ~/Library/LaunchdAgents.

The hardware is a MacBook Air 11 running OS X 10.8.4 Thanks for any comments.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Aple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN">
<plist version="1.0">






  • plutil helped me out thanks to this SO answer Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 3:58
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    @kenorb Mentioned in the comments is that plutil doesn't report this as an error, so I don't think this is a duplicate.
    – grg
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 9:01

1 Answer 1


That error is usually shown when there is a syntax error when checking with plist command.

In this case:

  • label should be Label,
  • and:

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Aple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN">

    should be:

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
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    Thank you Lauri, capitalizing "Label" solved my issue. One comment: plutil doesn't seem to detect this kind of error, because when checked with it, it reports "ok" with both versions of my script. Again, thanks for the help.
    – Carlos
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 12:34
  • Helped me too. Too bad that plutil doesn't report this problem.
    – Thomas
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 17:07

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