Many users working with office applications from Microsoft or analogues from other developers often encounter inconsistencies in document formats. Files with the * .rtf extension cannot be opened by older versions of applications. To avoid such a problem at the wrong time, you need to have a simple way to convert documents.

Rich Text Format (RTF) is not always adequately displayed on the web on different platforms. The simplest solution is to convert RTF to plain text and then transfer it to a txt file or paste it into an email, depending on your needs. In macOS, this can be done easily and simply.

Convert RTF to TXT via TextEdit

Here’s how to do this using only the built-in TextEdit application:

  • Launch TextEdit;
  • Creat a New document;
  • Write or fill it with text this document;
How to Convert RTF to TXT in macOS?
  • In the “Format” menu, select RTF;
  • Click “OK” and Save the file;
  • Next open Finder and locate your RTF file;
  • Right-click on it and choose “Get Info”;
How to Convert RTF to TXT in macOS?
  • Here open tab “Name & Extension”;
  • And rename extension prefix from RTF on TXT;
How to Convert RTF to TXT in macOS?
  • After that in window choose “Use .txt”;
How to Convert RTF to TXT in macOS?
  • Congrats, you have done it!
How to Convert RTF to TXT in macOS?

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Convert RTF to TXT via Terminal

The utility that is pre-installed on every Mac has a textutil module. It supports the following document formats: txt, html, rtf, rtfd, doc, docx, wordml, odt or webarchive. This means that you can easily “overtake” the document in any of the above extensions to another available one. To convert in the Terminal, enter the command:

textutil -convert filetype filename

You can convert the following formats: txt, rtf, rtfd, html, doc, docx, odt, wordml, and webarchive. Here is an example of the syntax for translating a file called test.rtf to txt format:

textutil -convert txt test.rtf

Textutil will automatically merge the file name with the correct extension. If you want to give a new name to this file, use – output as follows:

textutil -convert txt test.rtf -output NewFileName.txt


As you can see, there are some simple and effective ways. Choose the one that is more convenient for you.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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