LOG File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a LOG file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .LOG files.

What is a LOG file?

Files that contain the .log file extension are commonly used by a variety of computer operating systems and software applications. The LOG files normally contain plain text logs of events that have occurred within the associated software program.

Log files are commonly used by operating systems to keep track of system events and by software installation programs to list the locations and names of the files that have been installed on a user's system.

The HijackThis, LabVIEW and SeeYou software programs are also known to use the .log file suffix for log files that are referenced by the computer applications.

How to open LOG files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension LOG for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different LOG openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension LOG

While we know of one file format using the .LOG file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .LOG file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of LOG files. Remember, different programs may use LOG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
UltraEditUltraEditUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
EditPad LiteEditPad LiteUser submitted
PSPadPSPadUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
LogWorksLogWorksUser submitted
WinEdtWinEdtUser submitted
AkelPadAkelPadUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with LOG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with LOG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!