does anybody know if there is already a log viewer tool available that can completely read SharePoint 2013 log files? As far as i know the 2010 log viewer tools can't parse the log files of 2013 and i have not found anything during my google search.

Any help would be nice!

Best regards


The format is the same, only the location is different, it's not anymore in the 14 hive but on the 15 hive so you need to point ULS to that hive instead (open ULS Viewer and then hit CTRL+U

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  • i already tried that, but then as a message there is always an error that the line could not be understood: "UlsRuntimePump could not understand this line:" and then following the line of the log file – roqz Oct 31 '12 at 10:46
  • Detailed exception is a Dateformat exception in every line that is read by ULS Viewer – roqz Oct 31 '12 at 12:28
  • You're using the RTM binaries ? or the Customer Preview ? – Francois Verbeeck Oct 31 '12 at 12:59
  • RTM, but as far as i can remember it did neither work in customer preview – roqz Oct 31 '12 at 13:11
  • thanks for your feedback. Saw that I'm not the only one using it : twitter.com/jaysimcox/statuses/225724542692241409 and the Log Viewer mentionned by Seb (which is also nice since it rolls up from all WFEs) is following the same way to parse them. – Francois Verbeeck Oct 31 '12 at 13:15

I've tried with SharePoint Log Viewer and it seems to work great.

  • you are right, SharePoint Log Viewer can read the logs without problem. Any idea how i can set the path to the ULS so that live watching also works? – roqz Oct 31 '12 at 12:27
  • I don't use this feature, most of the time i do a refresh using column filters and I can find my troubles easily. – Seb Oct 31 '12 at 15:25
  • I like this coz you can filter based on Category. Very useful :)! – Muhammedh Jun 18 '14 at 7:28

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