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5 of the Best Free Linux Logfile Viewers

5 of the Best Free Linux Logfile Viewers

A server log is a log file which is created and updated by a server. A common example is an access log generated by Apache (open source web server software), which provides a history of web page requests. However, Apache does not only capture information to that access log. There is also information captured in its error log as well as a process id file, script log and a rewrite log.

These log files are everywhere. Applications capture an enormous amount of information to log files, especially as a server may generate multiple logs. It is important to review log files to obtain feedback about the activity and performance of the server, and to identify hints to solve any problems that may arise. However, the administrator of the system can suffer from information overload, and reviewing the log files in an efficient way can be a very time consuming task.

Here steps in the trusty logfile viewer; a small utility which filters out extraneous information generated in logfiles, identifying specific strings in real time. Logfile viewers used in conjunction with logfile analyzers make a powerful combination. We covered some useful logfile analyzers in 80 of the Best Linux Security Applications.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 useful Linux logfile viewers. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone needing to examine and process logfile data.

Now, let's explore the 5 logfile viewers at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

LogFile Viewers
MultiTail View multiple logfiles windowed on the console
System Log Viewer A system log viewer for GNOME
KSystemLog System log viewer for KDE 4
Xlogmaster GTK+ based program to keep track of logfiles and devices
swatch Logfile viewer with regexp matching, highlighting & hooks

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