What’s SharePoint ULS Viewer?
SharePoint ULS Viewer is a Windows application that provides a simplified view of ULS log files in SharePoint 2010/2013/2016. It supports filtering, highlighting, sorting, append, and more features.
Why you need to use SharePoint ULS Viewer?
By default, the SharePoint trace logs are opened using Notepad, that actually difficult to read and traced!
The SharePoint ULS Viewer will help you to read and review your SharePoint issues carefully and quickly!
Note: the SharePoint ULS Viewer doesn’t read the Event Viewer Log
SharePoint ULS Viewer Features
Filtering In SharePoint ULS Viewer
You can easily filter your logs by the following fields
You can also filter by the log entry priority
Append from SharePoint Log File in SharePoint ULS Viewer
On the current retrieved log file, you can append another log files.
Formatting Rule in SharePoint ULS Viewer
You can easily format the rules to be easily readable
Also, you can change the displayed columns and clear formatting as you prefer.
Manage Notifications in SharePoint ULS Viewer
Edit Menu in SharePoint ULS Viewer
Plus the above features, you can find the common Edit functionalities in Edit menu
How to read multiple SharePoint farm logs using SharePoint ULS Viewer?
You should first merge the SharePoint logs files using PowerShell,
Merge-SPLogFile -Path "C:\FarmMergedLog.log" -Overwrite
Then open the merged file using SharePoint ULS Viewer.
Where’s the SharePoint Log Path?
The default SharePoint Trace logs path is
Trac Log Path for SharePoint 2007
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Logs
Trac Log Path for SharePoint 2010
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Logs
Trac Log Path for SharePoint 2013/ 2016
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\Logs
How to change the SharePoint Log Path?
It’s possible to change the default Trace log path from Central Administration by following.
- Open Central Administration > Monitoring > Reporting > Configure Diagnostic Logs.
- Beside Trace Log, you can change the Trace log path, Number of days to store log files and Restrict Trace Log disk space usage.
Note: The location you specify must exist on all servers in the farm.
Download ULS Viewer
- SharePoint 2016.
- SharePoint 2013.
- SharePoint 2010.