Opening LOG files

Have a problem opening a .LOG file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what LOG files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .LOG file type?

Files containing the LOG extension are commonly used by various operating systems, web servers, and software applications to monitor specific system activity. Most log files are saved in a simple text format and store one entry per line.

Files with the .log extension are often generated automatically by software installers to record names of the installed files as well as the directory into which the files were placed. This information is useful when users need to uninstall the program or when installation fails.

Some software developers use .log files to detect program errors. They build troubleshooting versions of their programs that create log files containing all events performed by the software. These LOG files help developers analyze performed operations and find bugs.

Web servers use files with the .log extension to track activity of website visitors. They record IP addresses of visitors, date and time of visits, what pages were viewed during each visit, etc. This data is used for statistical analysis of traffic patterns.

Software to open or convert LOG files

You can open LOG files with the following programs:
PSPad editor
PSPad editor by Jan Fiala
EditPad Lite
EditPad Lite by Just Great Software
Notepad++ by Notepad++ Team
UltraEdit by IDM Computer Solutions, Inc.

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