Could you recommend a GUI application with powerful log watching capabilities?

Generally it would work as tail -f in GUI, but on top of that following features would be very useful:

  • filtering out some lines based on (regular) expressions
  • coloring some lines based on (regular) expressions
  • interactive search
  • saveable configuration easily applicable to different files
  • notifications based on (regular) expressions

A similar tool on Windows is BareTail and its paid version - BareTailPro


Multitail is what you searching for:

it has tons of features. look here for some screenshots.

Also have a look at this question over there at serverfault.com

  • I like this one. I am giving it a try. – Grzegorz Oledzki Jan 7 '11 at 7:57
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    Update: this is definetely the tool I've been searching for. – Grzegorz Oledzki Jan 16 '11 at 15:37

I've discovered glogg, which describes itself as:

glogg is a multi-platform GUI application to browse and search through long or complex log files. It is designed with programmers and system administrators in mind. glogg can be seen as a graphical, interactive combination of grep and less.

It will also tail files if you enable the Follow File option.

Just search Ubuntu's Software Center!

Installation through command line:

sudo apt-get install glogg
  • This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks man. – Mariano Cavallo Mar 8 '13 at 23:57
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    I chose this one over Multitail as the latter is actually an ncurses GUI running inside a terminal, while glogg is a true GUI (Qt). – Didier L Jan 22 '16 at 10:30
  • this one is very good: simple, fast and highlight supports. – Nadir Oct 24 '16 at 9:32
  • It's a great tool unless you need Unicode characters – Amir Uval Nov 3 '16 at 16:46
  • This tool works nicely for parsing/coloring different logs produced by software. I just wish that it would have support for plug-ins. – wojci Mar 3 '17 at 11:32

Some options are: Swatch and KSystemLog

There's a log viewer built into Ubuntu, which can also open any log file, called System Log.


There is also opentail: http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php?content=161456

This is a really nice tailer with a lot of functions


and there is lnav with colored logs and search from terminal. https://github.com/tstack/lnav enter image description here


I am using Follow https://sourceforge.net/projects/follow/

simple portable java application, you can follow multiple files and drap & drop them.

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