Watch log files in real time on Windows

runs on Windows
screenshot of Log Expert

For an all-out geekfest, nothing beats a Linux box (or any of the other Unix-y systems). You can take some serious control of your system and really see what's going on under the hood. Generally, Windows doesn't give you that level of access or control of the behind-the-scenes stuff. Fortunately, there are more and more tools that can take you into the realm of "no user serviceable parts inside," if you're brave enough—and careful enough—to take advantage of them.

Log Expert is a tool that will be familiar to anyone with experience with the Unix tail command. With this tool, you can watch the various log files that your system generates and see them updated in real time. It's handy for system logs, security logs, server logs, and any other log that you want to watch as things happen. Being a Windows app, it's got a GUI, making it much friendlier than its Unix counterpart. It also gives you the ability to filter what you're looking at, and displays your comma- and tab-delimited log files into nice tables, making it easier to figure out what you're really looking at.

You can download and use Log Expert for free on your Windows machine. You'll need to be running Win2k or later, and have version 2.0 of the .NET Framework.

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