Tail Log Files in Windows

LogViewPlus gives you real-time log file monitoring with advanced search.

Tail log files in Windows

Tail and Grep log files with ease.

There is a good reason why Tail and Grep are standard tools in every developer's toolbox. These programs are great at helping you manage your log files. LogViewPlus does an even better job because it transforms log files into meaningful data. Viewing log files in LogViewPlus will unlock a new level of functionality way beyond tail and grep.

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LogViewPlus can...

  • Tail files in real-time like 'tail -f' in unix
  • Watch multiple files simultaneously in a single view.
  • Grep for matching text or regex
  • Tail remote logs files with FTP, SFTP and FTPS
  • Auto-detect logging formats
  • Quickly open and analyze large log files
  • Similar to Tail and Grep, but redesigned for Windows
  • Transform your log files into meaningful data.

Tail in Windows done right!

When you are analysing log files, you often need to read from the file in near real-time. LogViewPlus processes real-time updates through functionality similar to the Unix 'tail' command which tracks log entries as they are written to the log file. This means you immediately see the new log entries in your log viewer. No need to mess around with a refresh button – everything happens automatically.

Quick Statistics

Have you ever counted the number of errors in a log file?

You are a techie - of course you love statistics. We do too. That’s why we put statistics for your log file right on the main window. As soon as you open a log file you can quickly start to get a feel for what it is telling you.

Want to go deeper? Detailed graphs and statistics can be generated for both the entire log file and the current filter. You can view log entry distribution over time or graph data from a particular data column. LogViewPlus is kind of like Excel for log files.


Extend LogViewPlus to suit your unique needs.

Log files are like snowflakes. They are all unique and beautiful in their own special way. We have put a lot of work into LogViewPlus to help you get the most from your log files, but nobody knows your log files better than you. That is why we built LogViewPlus to be extensible. The ability to build additional features into the application – like custom filters and parsers – has always been a core part of the application design.

Better than Grep

Filtering your log files is better than grep because filters are column specific which decreases the chance of a false positive. Also filters can be moved and chained. For example, you can narrow your log file down to a particular thread and then filter just within that thread. As new records are read from the log file, the filter will automatically be applied. This is similar to how tail and grep work, but for windows.

Combine Log Files

With LogViewPlus, you can open as many log files as you need and press a button to combine them. Merged log file entries are automatically sorted by date so the information appears to be written by a single process. Merging log files can give you greater insight into how multiple processes are interacting with each other. Merged files can apply tail cumulatively. With LogViewPlus you are always looking at the latest log entries.

Tail Log Files from Anywhere

In a networked world the log files you want to access probably do not exist on your local machine. That is why LogViewPlus includes built in native support for technologies like FTP, SFTP, FTPS, SCP, and SSL as well as mapped drives and Samba shares. Now you can read and tail all of your log files in Windows without starting a telnet session.

Plus tons of other useful features!

  • Directory Monitors automatically detect and open new log files.
  • Workspaces can remember and reload your log file views.
  • Templates can help you quickly apply common filters chains.
  • An 'elapsed time' column is calculated for every log file view.
  • Bookmarks and comments help you find important log entries.
  • LogViewPlus can automatically tail log files as they are rolled.
  • Session tracking collects and groups tailed log entries.
  • Our custom directory browser makes it easy to find your log files.
  • Advanced text search with regex, highlights, and wildcards.
  • Extensive settings options make LogViewPlus highly configurable.
  • ...and more! Customer feedback drives continuous development.

All with Professional Support

When you purchase LogViewPlus, you get a professional product:

  • We are dedicated to building a fantastic product that you will love.
  • We take bugs seriously so you can expect LogViewPlus to 'just work'.
  • We are fully committed to helping you use our products successfully.
  • All of our products are code signed and guaranteed virus free.

We work hard to make simple, rock solid software.
If something is not right, we are here to help.

Functionality way beyond Tail and Grep

LogViewPlus is a full featured log file analysis program that can do so much more.
Check out some of our other great features and a our two minute overview video.