LOG (Log File)

The LOG Document file format

THE LOG file extension is, like the name suggests, associated with log files and the operating computer. Usually, they are expressed as ASCII text files and contain information about running or used programs and time stamps. If a LOG file is currently used by the operating system or a program, it cannot be opened unless the program the user is trying to open the file with allows for read-only mode. Likewise, these files can not be deleted or moved to another directory while in use.

Technical details of LOG files

LOG files are usually created by the programs themselves to keep track of events or locations and names during an installation. Web servers are able to generate such files as well for the purpose of monitoring traffic and bandwidth usage. In this case, the text log is often times converted into graphs. A file with a LOG extension that may frequently appear on a computer is TVDEBUG.LOG, which is associated with ZoneAlarm. This LOG file grows continuously which makes it necessary to monitor and delete it from time to time.

More information about the LOG file format

File extension .log
File category Document
Example file Download example.log file (0.50 KiB)
Associated programs Apple console
Apple Text Edit
Microsoft Notepad
Microsoft Word
OpenOffice Writer
Useful links Find more information about the LOG file type here
Developer N/A