How can one add a new MIME type in OS X?

  • It's not clear what you're talking about. Add a new MIME type so that what happens exactly? – David Schwartz May 8 '12 at 2:12
  • So that it's handled by some application, see my answer @DavidSchwartz – slhck May 8 '12 at 6:59

The easiest would be to download and install RCDefaultApp. Go to System Preferences » Default Apps, then the MIME Types tab.

Enter your new MIME type in the text box below, press the + button, and select your handler.

Via command line, you need to edit the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist preference list. In its array of LSHandlers, you need to insert a Dictionary containing your new MIME type as:

  • LSHandlerContentTag – the MIME type
  • LSHandlerContentTagClass, which is public.mime-type
  • LSHandlerRoleAll, which specifies the Bundle ID of the application that handles it, e.g. org.videolan.vlc. You find out the bundle ID by inspecting the .app folder and the Info.plist preference list therein.

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  • Is there a way to do the same from the command line? Possibly by editing mime.types? – JAM May 8 '12 at 13:38
  • See my updated answer. Are you talking about apache2/mime.types? Not sure if you're supposed to edit that. Can you elaborate a bit why you need to edit it? What's your context? Without context, it's hard to help you. – slhck May 8 '12 at 14:59
  • Awesome answer... Wondering if you were aware of which apps might add in this way? I see none in my LSHandlers that use this format.... Is that because LSHandlerContentType (with values like "public.css" instead of "text/css") is preferred for this? ( apple.stackexchange.com/a/9883/206073 seems to suggest such a preference, at least in the case of comparing LSHandlerContentType to the "public.filename-extension" LSHandlerContentTagClass) – Brett Zamir Jun 20 '18 at 4:50
  • Latter question now asked at apple.stackexchange.com/questions/328325/… – Brett Zamir Jun 21 '18 at 2:12
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    @BrettZamir Good question – that's beyond my knowledge. It could also be that the default has been changed in the meantime (my answer is from 2012). – slhck Jun 21 '18 at 5:33

To view mime-type of a file in terminal:

file --mime-type -b file-name
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